Well, didn’t take long for us to have the second trans women of 2018 killed in the US and the first trans Latina..
We have to go all the way to the Left Coast in Los Angeles. I was made aware of this thanks to Bamby Salcedo. Her badly burned body was found after LAPD West Division and LA Fire Department units responded to a fire in a multi-house unit at 1711 S. New Hampshire Ave in the Pico Union district around 3;15 AM PST.
The LA County Coroner’s Office will be conducting an autopsy to identify the body and determine the cause of death. Since the apartment that burned was Viccky’s, and she has not been located, it’s presumed that the deceased body found after LAFD spent 48 minutes fighting the fire is indeed hers.
“Just to learn that she’s no longer with us is really sad,” Bamby said in a Facebook live video. “And it’s not that she is gone, it is the way that she was murdered. She was brutally murdered, and we believe that it was intentional, we believe that it was premeditated…She was burned in her apartment. The police, like always try to say to Viccky’s friends not to say anything to anybody because of the investigation… But there’s a couple of things that we want to do. One of those things is to ensure that we seek justice for Viccky.”
Viccky was a member of the TransLatin@ Coalition and often showed up for their free daily lunches provided to anyone in need. Here friends remarked that ‘she was an inspiration dor many of us’ and she was ‘the nicest girl in the world’
Now she’s unfortunately been taken away from us far too soon.
If you have any information that will lead to investigators identifying Viccky’s body or lead LAPD detectives to capturing the perpetrator of this crime, you are urged to call LARD during business hours at (213) 382-9470
After hours or on weekends you can call (877) LAPD(5273)-247 You can also leave anonymous tips with Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477)
Since Viccky was from Honduras, she had no family in the US. A GoFundMe has been set up to help raise the $10,000 needed to pay for her funeral and ship the remains back to her family.
Viccky’s Vigil of Resistance as it is being called is happening tonight from 7-10 PM PST. Address is 1660 Venice Blvd, the zip is 90006.
Rest in power and peace Viccky! Your trans family here in the States won’t rest until the person who did this is brought to justice