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Mexican Trans Activist Agnes Torres Brutally Murdered: VIDEO


Mexican transgender activist Agnes Torres was found dead this week outside her home in Puebla, Mexico. Her neck had been slashed, her body burned in signs she had been tortured.

Agnes_torresThe Puebla-based organization Vida Plena Puebla released a statement, 2bmag reports:

“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.

Queerty's Oscar Raymundo adds:

The 28-year-old psychologist, educator and human-rights advocate had been leading the march for acceptance for trans folk in her native country.

News of Torres’ death spread quickly among LGBT activists in Mexico: On Monday, close to 2,000 people congregated outside Puebla’s civic plaza, seeking justice and demanding the murder be classified as a hate crime. Onán Vázquez Chávez, president of Vida Plena Puebla, a local LGBT group, told CNN Mexico that violence against queer individuals should not be treated as “crimes of passion” when there is clearly a “luxury of rage” involved.

Torres' murder is the 6th murder of an LGBT person this year in Puebla.

Watch videos of the vigil for Torres and news reports, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. truly, utterly, heartbreaking.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Mar 15, 2012 11:19:50 AM

  2. How awful...

    Just disgusting that someone could do this to her. I hope they find her torturers/murderers and bring to swift, cold, and hard justice.

    Another one of our own brutally taken away from us too soon...

    Posted by: luminum | Mar 15, 2012 11:32:52 AM

  3. Very sad. 6 people in one city have been killed? Then again, this is Mexico and outside the DF, which has their own rules.

    Posted by: zeddy | Mar 15, 2012 11:53:33 AM

  4. Such a tragedy. I sincerely hope they find these monsters and justice is served.

    Posted by: Joel V | Mar 15, 2012 12:05:20 PM

  5. I am tryingt o read more of her life, I can only find info on her death, can anyone point me to more information on her activism and life

    Posted by: Heidi | Mar 15, 2012 12:37:20 PM

  6. Mexico is a violent dump and we should all steer clear of it. Not just LGBT, but all Americans. They cant and wont keep their sh*t under control.

    Posted by: DrJWL | Mar 15, 2012 1:50:10 PM

  7. @DRJWL:

    Oh the irony:

    Posted by: Felix | Mar 15, 2012 2:22:02 PM

  8. You've got your information wrong.

    I live in Puebla.

    She wasn't found dead outside her home, she was left out at a road outside the city.

    The day she was murdered she left to a party outside of town with unknown acquaintances of her.

    It's believed that the man who invited her to the party is responsible for her death.

    I knew her personally and it was very tough on everyone, and thousands were outraged.

    I'm not saying there is no homophobia in my city but I wouldn't really classify her death as a hate crime...

    Posted by: Octavio | Mar 15, 2012 6:36:04 PM

  9. You will always be sadly missed but by those who knew you but will always remain in our minds and our hearts RIP...My heart goes out to the family and friends whom are morning today now and forever more and it will not remain forgotten what had happened to you because in this world their are people who listen and do care in this world you did not deserve what you have gone through nobody does.

    Posted by: Cindy | Mar 16, 2012 11:40:50 AM

  10. Really? Not a hate crime?

    A crime of passion, even a hitman leaves their mark. This woman wasn't strangled to death or shot, her neck was slashed open. It takes a special kind of mind set to do something like that, it takes a special kind of rage you can only get from hate. It takes hate because by killing her that way, whoever did it, wanted to send a message. Probably message other LGBT people or anyone who is different. That is what's scary about this case. The government doesn't care much about this, so it is the duty of the LGBT from Mexico to be so loud to make them care, so this doesn't happen to you or someone who you care for. There are some dangerous people out there that need to be put away for the safety of others. Maybe an association, maybe a priest, I don't know, all I know is this needs to be investigated and resolved.

    Posted by: Tomasito | Mar 18, 2012 12:16:27 AM

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