Tireless fighter and beloved trans activist ‘assassinated’ just metres from her home in Guatemala

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06/15/2021

In Guatemala, frustration and grief swept the nation after two beloved and tireless trans activists were killed in two separate attacks just days apart. Andrea González, a 28-year-old who helmed trans rights group Otrans Reinas de la Noche, or Queens of the Night, was slain in what some activists have called an “assassination” in Guatemala City last Friday (11 June). She was killed only metres from her home between 11th Avenue and Second Street in zone two of the capital city. Her death has provoked increased vigilance among trans Guatemalans, with Presna Comunitaria reporting that a second member of Otrans Reinas de la Noche, Cecy Ixpata, was also killed only days before. Ixpata, the outlet said, died from sustained injuries in a hospital in Salamá, the capital of the Baja Verapaz region, on 9 June following a separate attack.

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