While it has been queit since New Year’s Day in terms of trans people being killed in 2020, in the years I have been tracking anti-trans deaths here in the US, there has always seemed to be been somewhat of a lull in the early winter months of January and February before the numbers start exploding as the weather gets warmer.
I’ve also been marveling at the streak the Latinas had been on in whch they had gone nearly 15th months since I last wrote about a Latina trans woman being murdered.
September 18, 2018 was the last time that happened on this blog, when Nikki Enriquez was killed in Laredo, TX by the ex Border Patrol serial killer Juan David Oritiz.
Ortiz is still in jail awaiting trial for her murder and the murders of three other women that occured between September 14-15, 2018.
While the trans Latina community has had some close calls, including the shooting of Daniela Calderon in Dallas back in October, I worried that it was only a matter of time before their remarkle luck ran out.
And the circumstances of this second anti-trans murder of 2020 are frankly pissing me off.
We go to Puetro Rico for the latesr trans murder. Her name was Neulisa Luciano Ruiz, better known as Alexa, was shot and killed early Monday morning in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico mere hours after someone called the po-po on her for using the women’s restroom at a McDonald’s.
We still don’t know her age yet, but the perps of this latest hate crime are alleged to be four teenagers. who videotaped themselves doing so. Here body was found at approximately 3:50 AM local time. No one has claimed her body as of this writing.
But let me say this about the latest murder
Going to the bathroom while trans shouldn’t be an effing death sentence. But anti-trans hate thoughts + anti-trans hate speech = anti-trans hate murders.
Alexa Ruiz was homeless. She didn’t get the chance to get the help she needed to get out of that situation because somebody killed her in Toa Baja, PR yesterday. .
That ended a remarkable streak in which the US based Latina trans community had gone since September 2018 (Nikki Enriquez, Laredo, TX) ,without having someone murdered.
While they have had some close calls, with Daniela Calderon in Dallas being the most recent example, who survived after being shot at point blank range six times at a bus stop, this senseless death is marjorly pissing me off.
The most vulnerable among us sadly will pay the price for the anti-trans posturing of Republican politicans, TERFs, evilgelicals and transphobic Roman Catholic Church officials, and conservafool media.
Alexa’s blood is on their hands, not that they really care. It’s also on the hands of the transphobe that made the call on her for simply using the damn bathroom
They are all working in concert to make the lives of trans people here and around the world hell for their own nefarious purposes.
Alexa Ruiz shouldn’t have died for simply using the bathroom at a McDonalds. But because some transphobic fool called the cops on her, that’s the result.
Rest in power and peace Alexa May the fools who committed this crime be swifrly caught.
And oh yeah, Let my people pee in peace. .