Published on March 13th, 2012 | by Wild Gender0
Activist Agnes Torres found dead in Puebla, Mexico
*TRIGGER ALERT* Hate Crime Violence Against Transgender Woman
PUEBLA, MEXICO — Renowned transgender rights advocate, Anges Torres was found dead last Saturday in a ravine in Atlixco, just outside of her home town of Puebla, Mexico. The well known writer and activist for LGBTQ human rights had been missing since last Friday night, March 9.
Today, Torres’ murder was confirmed a hate crime. The Gov. of Puebla, Rafael Moreno Valle, said that he and his government are doing everything that’s on their hands to bring the killers to justice. This came after the Legislative Assembly of Mexico City urged him to put this as a priority.
According to Milenio, the list of Hate Crimes has been increasing in the past couple of years.
Also today, Mexico City’s congressman Juan Pablo Castro (a member of the Conservative Party in Mexico, not an elected official) made headlines for hateful comments, suggesting that “she [Agnes] deserved what happened to her”, he wrote on his Twitter account (@jpcastrogamble).
According to reports from the State Attorney’s Office, Torres’ body was found abandoned in a ditch near an expressway in Atlixco. She had a visible neck wound, burns throughout her body, and visible signs of torture.
“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,” said the Puebla-based LGBTQ organization No Dejarse Es Incluirse (NDEI) in a statement released this week.
“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.”
No Dejarse Es Inclurise hopes Torres’s murder case is treated with respect and and that it be solved swiftly. Recently, NDEI called on the Mexican State Congress for sexual and gender identity diversity legislation– in recognition of “feminicide” – “a word coined in Mexico to refer to specifically to violence targeted at women that ends in murder, which has reached endemic proportions in the country,” according to 2bmag. “There have been six similar unsolved homicides in the state since the beginning of 2012.”