Mexico: Transgender LGBT Activist Agnes Torres Found Murdered, Victim Of Possible Hate Crime
An advocate for the Mexican lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ) community, Agnes Torres Sulca, was found murdered in Atlixco, Puebla this past Saturday, March 10.
According to reports from the State Attorney’s Office, the body of Agnes Torres was found abandoned in a ditch near an expressway in Atlixco, with a neck wound, burns throughout her body, and visible signs of torture. Her death is presumed to be a hate crime.
Puebla LGBTQ organization No Dejarse Es Incluirse, AC condemned the murder, saying via press release “we condemn the murder of the woman, academic, psychologist, educator, model and activist for human rights of all women in general and of all sexual diversity. We are also shocked, saddened, angered, and saddened by the crime and we feel powerless once again because a valuable person has succumbed to the most brutal form of gender-based violence. Learned violence, encouraged violence, violence against women. In this case, a transgender woman.”
Missing for over a week, with friends and family attempting to reach her through social media, Agnes was last seen by her mother as she was leaving for Chipilo.
Asking the authorities to treat this murder as if it were that of politician’s relative, No Dejarse es Incluirse, AC urge for the a quick investigation into Agnes’ murder.
“We demand the authorities immediately clarify the the murder of Agnes Torres Sulca. We do not want to feel the helplessness, abandonment and legal neglect. The authorities and institutions need to take action on the matter once and for all. No more impunity in anti-LGBTQ homocides.”
I currently reside in Mexico City, and it’s quite annoying that mainstream media won’t cover these kind of news, which need to be known by the public.
UPDATE: Apparently, Agenes was victim of torture and died of hypovolemic shock secondary by beheading. The Gov. of Puebla (State where she was found and allegedly killed), Gov. 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 (Torres resided in 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.
Yesterday, the LGBT Community in Mexico City orginized a protest downtown.
RELATED: Also, Mexico City’s congressman Juan Pablo Castro (who’s a member of the Conservative Party, PAN, Youth, and not an elected official) made headlines once again for bigoted and hateful comments, saying that “she [Agnes] deserved what happened to her”, he wrote on his Twitter account (@jpcastrogamble).
An LGBT Organisation, Agenda for Sexual Diversity, is proceding with a lawsuitagainst the Congressman, based on discrimination grounds. Jaime Lopez Vela, President of ASD, said that they will proceed with the lawsuit till the last consequences, given that discrimination and homophobia are indeed offenses under the Criminal Code of the Federal District (Mexico City).