Another transgender woman murdered in Puerto Rico
by Michael K. Lavers
National News Editor
Tuesday May 25, 2010
For the second time in less than two months, Puerto Rican police are investigating the murder of a transgender woman in her home.
Police say Angie González Oquendo, 38, was strangled to death with an electrical cord in her Caguas home on Monday, May 24. El Nuevo Día reported González, 38, was last seen alive on Thursday, May 20. And Carlos H. Cruz Burgos, director of the Caguas’ Criminal Investigation Corps, told the newspaper he believes González was killed later that day.
González’s murder comes roughly five weeks after authorities discovered Ashley Santiago stabbed to death in her home in Corozal; and less than two weeks after the man prosecutors had accused of killing gay teenager Jorge Steven López Mercado before decapitating, dismembering and partially burning his body before dumping it along a remote roadside pleaded guilty.
Meanwhile, Congress is arguing over bathrooms instead of passing an anti-discrimination law! When is this violence, bigotry and hatred going to stop?