Two arrested in alleged hate crime killing of transgender women in Puerto Rico

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05/01/2020

Two men have been arrested in Puerto Rico in the shooting death of two transgender women whose bodies were found last week in a burned-out car. The two suspects, Juan Carlos Pagán Bonilla, 21 and Jose Díaz De Léon, 19, were arrested Wednesday, according to the Negociado de la Policía de Puerto Rico, the island’s state-level police force. El Vocero reported that the two men were tracked down through fingerprint evidence found at the scene and cellphone tracing. The newspaper said FBI had assisted in the investigation. The bureau declined to confirm or deny that, “to protect the integrity of any possible investigative effort.” The two victims, Serena Angelique Velázquez, 32, and Layla Peláez Sánchez, 21, were found dead in a car in Humacao, a town on the island’s east coast, early on April 22. The women had been shot, and the vehicle burned.

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