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Authorities Investigating Mysterious Death of Trans Activist in Orange County

Police are continuing to investigate the mysterious death of a transgender activist whose body was found Thursday morning in a parking lot behind a Dairy Queen in Anaheim, California.

Zoraida “Ale” ReyesThe Los Angeles Times reports:

The death of Zoraida “Ale” Reyes is being investigated as suspicious, although authorities said there were no immediate signs of foul play. An autopsy has been completed, but no cause of death was given pending further investigation, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said.

A toxicology report is pending, said Lt. Bob Dunn, spokesman for the Anaheim Police Department, and could take weeks to be completed. Investigators hope it will help them identify a cause of death.

Friends and family gathered for a vigil on Friday to honor the 28-year-old.

“I didn’t know the family my daughter had, but I thank you,” Macrina Reyes said in Spanish. “I know she’s here uniting us.”

The paper added that many at the vigil said they were concerned that Reyes was the victim of violence because she was transgender.

fund for Reyes’ burial costs has been established by her friends.

[photo via Facebook]

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  1. Rest in peace.

    Posted by: Patrick | Jun 16, 2014 7:18:47 PM

  2. R.I.P.

    Posted by: Moz's | Jun 16, 2014 7:41:49 PM

  3. Why isn't the fact that she's a trans activist a possible motivation for her assassination??? maybe it wasn't simply her being trans...perhaps the murderer was hired and their were political reasons for her attack???

    Posted by: Alexander | Jun 16, 2014 10:55:00 PM

  4. So no immediate signs of foul play but you immediately jump to political assassination? How about we wait and see what the autopsy results are before we jump to wild conclusions?

    Posted by: Liam | Jun 17, 2014 9:46:56 AM

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