Battered with bricks and stabbed: Two trans women brutally killed in Colombia in two days

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11/23/2019

In just two days, two trans women were found dead by Colombian authorities in a spree of anti-LGBT violence that has battered the country. Jerrika Rivas Ruíz was found allegedly murdered in the Los Mártires neighbourhood Bogotá, the capital, on November 16. It comes as the capital city has become a battleground of protests – bomb blasts and chants echoing across the city streets – as locals protested against President Iván Duque this week. Coming just weeks after the city elected a lesbian lawmaker as its mayor. While Uber Agudelo Meléndez – called La Popis by loved ones – was found in Valle de Cauca the following day, local media reported. She had bricks chucked at her before being brutally stabbed, witnesses claimed.

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