Agnes Torres Sulca, 28, a well known trans rights activist in Mexico, was found murdered in a ditch over the weekend. Her reported injuries suggest that her death was an extremely violent one.
Sulca, a psychologist and educator, went missing on Friday March 9. Her body is reported to have been found on the following Saturday in Xaxocuapatle Canyon near Highway Siglo XXI, in Atlixco.
She had been left naked, with reports saying she had sustained burn marks to parts of her body, and that her throat had been cut.
Mexico news site Proceso.com.mx. reports that due to the nature of her injuries Sulca’s death “is presumed to have been a hate crime,”¯ though at this juncture there is no official confirmation on this.
LGBT rights groups have reacted strongly in demanding action from the government.
“We condemn this crime against a woman, an academic, a psychologist, educator, role model and activist for human rights for women in general and for sexual diversity as a whole,” the Puebla-based organization Vida Plena Puebla. “We are distraught, pained, enraged and saddened by this crime, and feel powerless over how, yet again, a brave person has succumbed to the most brutal of gender-based violence… in this case, violence against a transgender woman.” The organization demanded in their statement that Torres’s murder case be treated the same way as that of “the daughter of any governor, politician, or attorney” and that it be solved swiftly.
Vida Plena Puebla and several other organizations and their supporters are calling for a full and transparent investigation into this crime, with nearly 2,000 people demanding action reportedly having congregated outside of Puebla’s civic plaza on Monday.
Reports suggest that this is the sixth known homicide of an LGBT person in the region since the start of the year, but that this may in fact be part of a larger wave of homicides.
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