Two transgender women found burned to death in Puerto Rico

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04/25/2020

The bodies of two transgender women were found burned to death inside a vehicle this week in Puerto Rico, according to activists, raising alarm about the killings of several transgender people on the island in the last two months. According to police, two people were found severely burned early Wednesday in Humacao, a coastal city in eastern Puerto Rico. A spokesperson for the department told CBS News on Friday that they’re awaiting results from forensic tests and have not yet released the names of the victims. The Broad Committee for the Search for Equity, a local LGBTQ group, identified them as 32-year-old Serena Angelique Velázquez Ramos and 21-year-old Layla Pelaez Sánchez. Velázquez Ramos’ sister, Francheska Alvarado, told CBS News she logged onto Facebook Wednesday and saw posts saying,”I’m sorry for what happened” and “We are going to miss you” on her sibling’s page. She didn’t think much of it until their mutual friends began to text her, asking her to check up on Velázquez, who she hadn’t spoken to in over a week.

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