The murderously rough week internationally for trans women continues with word that a US Marine has been detained and being investigated for the murder of a transpinay.
26 year old J (not using the male name) Laude was found by a Celzone Lodge employee after midnight Saturday night strangled with her head slumped in the toilet at the hotel in Olongapo City.
M. Gelviro, a 22 year old transpinay friend of Laude, stated in an interview the pair met the Marine at a local bar at 10:55 PM, and accompanied her and the Marine to the hotel. Laude asked the friend to leave because she feared they would be outed as transpinays.
The US Embassy in the Philippines said in a broadcast statement, “We are aware of the situation and express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased. We are also aware that there are allegations that a foreigner, including possibly a US national, was involved in the incident. We are currently looking into these allegations and working closely with the PNP (Philippine National Police) to take all necessary steps to help identify the suspects,” it said.
The unnamed Marine in question is assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He is being held on board the USS Peleliu pending an investigation by NCIS.
The amphibious landing warship arrived as part of a US troop presence for the PHIBLEX 15 military exercises in conjunction with the Philippine military, and the Peleliu has been at Subic Bay for a port call.
TransGriot Update: It has come to my attention that the name of the victim in this case is Jennifer Laude Sueselbeck. The Marine being detained on the USS Peleliu is PFC Joseph Pemberton