Transgender Woman Found Dead in Ransacked NYC Apartment
A transgender woman was found naked and dead in her Queens apartment, the NY Daily News reports:
"Edelbuerto Gonzalez-Andujar, 29, who lived as a woman and went by the name Amanda, had not been heard from since Friday. Her friends got her landlord to let them into her Glendale apartment around 4 p.m. Tuesday. 'We found her on her bed. She was naked,' said Barbara Vega, 35, of Bushwick, Brooklyn. 'Everything in the apartment was destroyed. All her Marilyn Monroe pictures were destroyed.' Police said the medical examiner will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death. Vega, who believes Gonzalez-Andujar was slain, said she had tried in vain to reach her friend since spending time with her on Friday. 'She never had any problems with anybody. She was full of life,' she said. 'We need to know who did this to her.' Gonzalez-Andujar's friends wailed as her body, covered in a black plastic bag, was taken out of the 62nd St. building yesterday."
In related news, you may recall that GLAAD raised objections to the inclusion of the film Ticked Off Trannies with Knives late last week over its "exploitative depictions of violence against transgender women."
Filmmaker Israel Luna wrote this note to Towleroad regarding the film: "Thank you for giving your attention to my film Ticked Off Trannies with Knives. I was prompted to write this movie in part by the hate crimes against the trans community; which is why the tragic stories of Angie Zapata and Jorge Mercado appear at the beginning of my trailer. My initial thought of placing them there was to give a disturbing reality to my film about transgender violence. After listening to some of the voices in the trans-community I've decided to remove those references from the trailer. I plan to post a new trailer later this week (facebook, YouTube and and our movie website.) It seems that the association between their brutal stories and the revenge/thriller content of the film in it's entirety, has been difficult to connect. Even with this change, I hope the trailer will continue to raise awareness of the horrible truth of rampant violence against trans-women."