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The victim: Angie Zapata, an 18-year-old woman who was brutally murdered by one Andrare.

The crime: Murder, theft, assault. This will also be the first time a murder of a transperson will be tried as a hate crime.

Currently the defense is trying to prove that Angie "tricked" Andrare into believing she was a ciswoman. They also refer to her by masculine pronouns and her former name, all this despite the fact that her family and friends refer to her by the feminine pronoun and real name. (It's really disrespectful to refer to any trans by the other gender pronoun when they have made it clear they prefer the one they use.) They are trying to persuade the jury that beating and murdering Angie out of rage that she was not as she presented herself is somehow normal and acceptable.

Since the court is also trying Andrare for the hate crime - even if the defense CAN convince the jury that he reacted due to being "tricked", then he's clearly guilty of committing a hate crime, because killing a person because they are specifically trans is clearly transphobia.

Follow the trial with the Justice for Angie Twitter feed.

Cross-posted to my journal.


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Apr. 27th, 2009 03:45 pm (UTC)
Rest in peace, beautiful... you were a brave woman and will always be remembered.

Where was this crime committed btw?
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