Thousands gather in support of slain transgender activist Agnes Torres HernandezBreaking News Friday, March 16th, 2012
Mexican transgender activist Agnes Torres Hernandez, whose body was found Friday, was memorialized Tuesday outside a civic plaza in Puebla, Mexico as 2,000 individuals gathered to demand justice for her murder, deemed a hate crime by the Mexican Attorney General.
Torres was last seen Friday night after she left her home to attend a local party according to reports at Huffington Post. The woman was brutally murdered as police found her slain body with several burn marks and a slashed throat outside a ditch early Saturday morning.
Torres, 28, was a psychologist and educator, and a beloved activist for human rights and the equality of Mexico’s LGBT community. Her death is only a part of other violent acts against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Puebla since January.
“It’s the sixth crime this year against members of the LGBT community and none of them have been resolved,” said Brahim Zamora, a representative of the organization “Democracia y Sexualidad” (Demysex) (“Democracy and Sexuality”) to CNN Mexico.
Torres’ tragic death dovetails on the murder case of Jorge Roberto Macip, 47, who was brutally murdered this past weekend with similar burn wounds as his body was found outside his partner’s house.
LGBT activists and allies have commemorated Torres’ on Twitter using hashtag #AgnesTorres.
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