Remembering Our Dead: November 2017

Every year on or around 20th November people worldwide gather for the Transgender day of Remembrance to remember the trans people we have lost to murder and violence in the past year, the Reported by the Trans Murder Monitoring Project and published by Transgender Europe (TGEU) .

The following are details of the trans people known to have been killed worldwide during November 2017.

I've also included details of the brother of a trans woman killed while defending her, one lost to suicide and one whose death was attributed to industrial silicone - probably the result of a botched cosmetics procedure.


<< October 2017

Eduarda Fernanda Cordeiro
Age 22
2 Nov 2017
Missal (Brazil)

Eduarda Fernanda Cordeiro [photo: Facebook]

Eduarda was found covered in clay in a ditch near the city cemetery. She had head wounds suggesting that she had been beaten to death.

I never met Eduarda Fernanda. Maybe I passed her on one of those hurried afternoons, through the streets of the immense São Miguel do Iguaçu (I hope so), yet the news of the SMI Guide that circulated on the Internet this morning made me reflect on how people still do not know gender identity, and I hope it's that, because I refuse to believe it's just meanness.

I do not know who writes this news, always so loaded with sensationalism, but I want to make it clear to the staff of this site and its readers, that Eduarda Fernanda was yes woman, because that was how she understood herself, she was not wearing women's clothing, as if to deceive someone, she was wearing HER clothes, the clothes of the woman she was. She did not use a nickname, a nickname, a codename, her name was Eduarda Fernanda, and it was this name that identified her as a person in the world, she was not a man dressed as a woman, using a woman's name.

Eduarda Fernanda was another victim of homophobia, gratuitous violence against people who only want to live their lives, was another victim of the sensationalist press and the resistance of many to understand that not everyone is the same, whether by religion, ideology or I do not know what else to justify this type of behavior.

I am sure that Eduarda Fernanda was received by God / Goddess at the door of heaven. He opened his arms and said: Welcome back EDUARDA FERNANDA, you fulfilled your mission on earth, but forgive me for some of those who speak in my name. They did not understand anything !!!!

- Denize Refatti

Her Facebook profile is . [DEAD LINK]

Nicolly Carvalho
Age 30
3 Nov 2017
Uberaba (Brazil)

Nicolly was shot in the back. Her body was found about 50 meters from a waterfall in the region of the rural district of Peirópolis. [DEAD LINK]

Natalie Nguyen
Age 22
Seattle (USA)
3 Nov 2017
Run over

Natalie Nguyen [photo:]

Natalie was hit by a car after leaving a suicide note. In death, her family erased her identity.

Sometime early this morning, Vietnamese American Seattle woman named Natalie Nguyen apparently committed suicide by stepping out in front of an oncoming car. She was 22.

I never knew her IRL name until this happened; I knew her only as Tipsy Tentacle , a well-liked (and much-loved by many) member of the Mastodon community.

She was reportedly experiencing a lot of emotional pain related to her transition. She was at a party with some friends (some of them also Mastodon people, and at least one of them being someone I'd consider friend-material if I knew her a little better - so not clods; that pain just overcame her at some (Clarification: I do not know what to do, I do not know what to do, I do not know what to do. ? 'know that feeling so well.

She left the party saying she was going to walk. She left a suicide post on Mastodon. And then the police were handing their stuff to the friend, saying "I'm sorry for your loss".

The news is reporting it as a hit-and-run ... and also misgendered her initially, but enough Mastodonians yelled at them that they've corrected that error.

Shalom de Souza ("La Valentine")
Age 33
5 Nov 2017
Manaus (Brazil)

Shalom de Souza ("The Valentine") [photo:]

Shalom worked as a tattoo artist and beautician as well as a stage actor using the stage name "La Valentine". She was found half-naked and face down on a bed in a friend's house with a sack on her head and bleeding from her anus.

The cause of her death has not been confirmed by the police.

Her Facebook profile is [DEAD LINK]

Name Unknown
6 Nov 2017
Tijuana, Baja California (Mexico)

The victim was shot in the street at 10am on Monday 6th November in the El Jibarito neighborhood. Her identity is unknown.

Petherson Santos
Age 24
8 Nov 2017
São Paulo (Brazil)

Petherson Santos [photo:]

Petherson was not trans himself, but was beaten to death while defending his sister Lorena, who is transgender.

The crime occurred in a square while Lorena was sitting on a bench using the public wi-fi. The suspect rode up to her and threatened to throw his bike on her. When her brother intervened the two argued and Petherson was beaten. Lorena herself escaped unscathed, but Petherson died at the scene.

“He threatened to throw the bike on me and my brother came running. Tell him to show respect, right? When he came over, they started to argue and fight.”

Luiz Carlos da Silva Mariano (18) has been arrested for the killing.

Lorena Santos, who Petherson died defending [photo:] htm

Laura Ursaru
Age 27
10 Nov 2017
EUR, Rome (Italy)

Laura Ursaru [photo:]

Laura was stabbed in the chest in a tourist park in the EUR district of Rome (Italy) on Friday 10th November.

A 35 year old suspect has been arrested. He is also accused of stabbing a Moroccan man to death 12 hours later.

A statement from MozaiQ ( said:

“We would like to stop and remember Laura, a Romanian woman who worked in Italy, recently killed in a attack. Every year we remember that people still are victims of violence, even in Europe. Italy has one of the most serious statistics on violence against persons. It is important to make our voices heard, to go public against such horrible crimes.

“With each act of violence is a system of oppression of persons. It is our duty to stress that there are still problems in our societies. In Romania, the people have fewer opportunities to succeed in life because the transition process is extremely long and humiliating, access to healthcare is restricted, while access to the labour market remains a problem. We are with our brothers and sisters. Laura’s death will not be in vain, because we will always have her memory in our hearts.”,-uccisa-all-eur.html,-accoltellata-una-giovane-donna-transessuale-cristina-leo-%C2%ABnecessarie-politiche-serie-contro-la-transfobia%C2%BB.html

Joan Thabeng
11 Nov 17
Mohlakeng (South Africa)
Cause of death unknown

Joan Thabeng [photo:]

Joan was found murdered several hours after receiving a call from her boyfriend asking her to visit. Her body had been dragged though the streets of Mohlakeng and was found in the early hours of the next morning.

She was buried on 18th November, following a memorial service two days earlier attended by friends, family and LGBTI activists. Suspect has been identified but not yet arrested.

Joan studied at Roodepoort College and worked for the Department of Health. "She always said, 'I am not gay, I am a woman' and was always in the company of women wherever she was going, even for clubbing."

María Luisa Velásquez Zúniga
Age 39
12 Nov 2017
San Manuel, Cortes (Honduras)

María Luisa Velásquez Zúniga [photo:]

Maria was found dead in her home at around 6:25pm on Sunday 12th November. She had been stabbed several times in the head and chest.

Nestor Adalí Troches Orellana has been arrested for her murder.

Carlos Brandão
Age 38
13 Nov 2017
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Clinical neglect

Carlos Brandão [photo: Facebook]

Carlos died from malnutrition as a result of suffering neglect and ill-treatment in the hospital where he had been since being beaten on his way to work in early August. His sister Elen reported his treatment and eventually managed to get him transferred, but he died 5 days later.

His facebook profile is . [DEAD LINK]

Fernanda Santos
Age 28
15 Nov 2017
Nova Guarapari (Bazil)

Fernanda Santos [photo:]

Fernanda was shot to death- reportedly in or around the right shoulder. No other information is known. [DEAD LINK]

16 Nov 2017
Misamis Occidental (Philippines)

Shanaia [photo:]

Shanaia was shot 12 times.

Name Unknown
Age 24
19 Nov 2017
Cancun (Mexico)

The victim was found dead inside the room she was renting from a woman who lived with her children in the same home. She had been shot four times. Neighbours reported hearing gunshots during the night, and 9mm shell casings were found at the scene.

L. de Souza Pereira
Age 25
23 Nov 2017
Manaus (Brazil)

L. de Souza Pereira [photo:]

L. was dragged from her house and beaten to death with a piece of wood in the street. The neighbours who found her body saw a group of unidentified men fleeing the scene of the murder.

"We heard her calling for help, it was when my husband left and saw five men running down the street."

The victim's neighbors reported that her older brother, identified as "Dinho" is suspected to be responsible for the crime. [DEAD LINK]

Damaris Becerra Jurado
Age 40
26 Nov 2017
Le Plata, Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Death in custody

Damaris Becerra Jurado [photo:]

Damaris died in custody in the early hours of 26th November in Penitentiary Unit No. 32 of Florencio Varela.

She suffered from a chronic illness and had been detained without charge two and a half years earlier, along with six others who remain in prison.

Her death was the fourth of a trans woman in confinement in the same city in a year, following those of Pamela Macedo Panduro, Angie Velázquez Ramírez and Brandy Bardales Sangama.

All were Peruvian migrants and Otrans activists. Otrans reports that in the city the police routinely make arbitrary arrests of trans women. The detainees are routinely held without charge for long periods in degrading conditions without access to healthcare.

Age 24
26 Nov 2017
Peshawar (Pakistan)

Spogmai [photo: Facebook]

Spogmai was shot 6 times in her apartment later died in hospital.

The 24-year-old was described by friends as a vibrant and happy soul and was originally from Balochistan. She had come to the region hoping for a better life.

It is common for Pakistani trans women to assume one's name after being disavowed after transition by biological family. Spogmai is an Islamic name meaning "Moon of Paradise".

Brooklyn BreYanna Stevenson
Age 31
27 Nov 2017
Oklahoma City (USA)

Brooklyn BreYanna Stevenson [photo:]

Brooklyn was found dead after Oklahoma City police responded to a disturbance at a local motel. Upon arriving, they found her body.

On 21st December Brandon Michael Tyson (31) was arrested and charged with her murder .

Her family told KFOR that they were "heartbroken."

"Brooklyn BreYanna was an amazing daughter, sister and friend with a giving and loving heart," said the family, who have started GoFundMe account so they can bury their loved one. "We pray that those who committed this heinous crime will be identified and Brooklyn will receive justice."

E. G. Sarat
27 Nov 2017
Xela, Quetzaltenango (Guatemala)

E. G. Sarat [photo:]

E. was found dead in a house in zone 1 of Xela on Monday 27th November. She had a gunshot wound to the back of the head.

Name Unknown
27 Nov 2017
Cristinápolis (Brazil)
Industrial silicone

Name Unknown [photo:]

RedetransBrasil reported her cause of death as "Death by industrial silicone" but no other information was given.

Source: Tathiane Araújo / Trans Brasil Network / Astra-SE [DEAD LINK]

Name Unknown
Age 23
28 Nov 2017
Uberlândia, Minas Gerais (Brazil)

Informações no Grupo Afiliadas ANTRA — Pamela Volp

Júlia Volp
Age 20
29 Nov 2017
Florianópolis (Brazil)

Julia Volp [photo:]

Júlia's decomposed body was found stabbed with a chest wound in the early afternoon of 4th December in undergrowth near the substation. She had been missing since 29th November.

"A gentleman who raised cattle noticed the presence of vultures and went to check closely when he came across the body."

According to Júlia's boyfriend she worked with online e-commerce, but had traveled to Florianópolis to raise money through sex to fulfill her dream of moving to Italy. She had already been deported from Italy since after an agency and was working to raise money to return.

Júlia had come out as trans at the age of 12, and began her transition at 15. Like many trans women in Brazil she still had documentation in her birth name, but had started the process of correcting this with the help of a lawyer. Unlike many, she had the full support of her family.

Julia Volp [photo:]

Earlier in 2017 Júlia had participated in the beauty contest Miss T Brazil, as part of which she was interviewed:

"Thank God I have the support of my family, everyone respects me and accepts me as I am. Most do not receive this support in the home, reflecting our still conservative society "

Julia had traveled to Florianopolis with a friend on 29th November. According to her boyfriend, she went to the house of a person who managed the programs in Vargem do Bom Jesus, left her suitcases in a room, and then went to a prostitution point in an area known as the British.

"Her friend said that a man who was on the foot and asked to do the program, he would have walked ahead and she would have gone a little farther. in the thicket, when they do not want to pay motel, "said the boyfriend.

"I had insisted that she did not go, I said that Florianopolis was dangerous, I learned of the case that was killed in the British," says her boyfriend, referring to Jennifer Celia Henrique, 38, known as Jenni. Dik Greison Isidoro da Silva, 22, was arrested and confessed to killing her because "she would have threatened to tell others that they had sex."

Her aunt said the family knew that Julia did sex work to raise money, but she had been asked to fear violence to travel to Florianopolis.

Alloura Wells
Age 27
30 Nov 2017
Rosedale, Toronto (Canada)
Cause of death unknown

Alloura Wells [photo:]

Alloura disappeared on 15th July 2017, but was not reported missing by her family until 5th November, more than three months after her Facebook account went dormant.

On 5th August the decomposed body of an unidentified transgender woman was found in a ravine by a woman out walking with a friend. After community pressure Toronto police finally used DNA analysis to identify the body on 30th November.

The results confirmed that the remains belonged to Alloura Wells, but her cause of death was ruled “undetermined.”

Rebecca Price was walking through the Rosedale ravine in mid-town Toronto with a friend on Aug 5, 2017, when she came across a horrific sight: a dead woman’s body.

She called the police and followed up with the detective. Price spoke to the detective a few times, but he didn’t seem to know much.

“I think he just couldn’t wait to get me off the phone,” she said.

She did learn one crucial detail: the body was a transgender woman.

So Price went online and looked for organizations that did advocacy for transgender people, figuring they might be able to help find out who the woman was. She reached out to The 519 community centre, which told her that they’d look into it.

Maggie’s: Toronto Sex Workers Action Project posted this to Facebook on November 19th.

“Wells has been missing for four months now. Toronto Police have been reluctant to take up the case (initially refusing to file a missing person report altogether) because she was homeless and engaged in sex work when she disappeared. Police told family and friends that it’s “not uncommon” for homeless people and sex workers to disappear in the city.

Trans Pride Toronto, Maggie’s: Toronto Sex Workers Action Project and community have been working with Alloura’s family to organize community searches and outreach efforts to gather information.”

Without the combined efforts of Rebecca Price, Trans Pride Toronto, Maggie’s: Toronto Sex Workers Action Project and Alloura’s family Toronto police wouldn’t have bothered.

With thanks to the many volunteers reporting acts of violence against trans people worldwide, and in particular to Transgender Europe and the members of the Trans Violence News Facebook group.

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Software engineer, aerial yoga addict and halberd owning, camera waving, Daywalker of Scones. #trans #lgbt #christian