Trans person shot in Puerto Rico in 6th killing this year

Authorities say a transgender woman has been fatally shot in southwest Puerto Rico

The unidentified victim was found along an isolated road near a farm in the town of San German, according to officials, who said they were investigating whether it was a hate crime.

A police officer who was not authorized to talk to the media told The Associated Press that the victim had apparently worked as a bartender and was studying nursing and was shot several times in the head.

Human rights activist Pedro Julio Serrano condemned the killing and said trans people in the U.S. territory are being hunted.

“Enough of so much hate,” he said in a statement. “Trans people are as human as everyone else and deserve to live in peace, equality and freedom.”

Meanwhile, a 19-year-old transsexual man was shot in the western town of Moca in March and a person identified as Neulisa Luciano Ruiz was found dead in the northern town of Toa Baja in February. Ruiz’s body was found after a video posted on social media showed at least two men mocking and threatening a person believed to be the victim, followed by gunfire.


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