Just days after reporting on the murders of two Latina teens women in Puerto Rico, we’ve learned of the brutal slaying of a third.
Penélope Díaz Ramírez, a 31-year-old trans woman, was beaten and hanged to death at the Bayamon correctional complex, a men’s prison in Puerto Rico. She was murdered on April 13, but her death, was not reported until April 27, 2020.
There are no other details about Penelope available at this time.
Serrano told Metro Weekly that Penelope had been misgendered by prison authorities, denied access to healthcare, and that her death was not reported until other community members began speaking out.
The US has now lost nine transgender individuals to brutal crime, an epidemic of violence that shows no sign of abating. That five of these nine folks died in one region, Puerto Rico, is a disturbing new trend within this epidemic. My heart aches for my trans neighbors, especially those in Puerto Rico.
Rest in power, Penélope. Your life had value and meaning. We will not forget you.
My list of transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary neighbors who have lost their lives to violent deaths in the US during 2020.
- Dustin Parker – McAlester, Oklahoma. January 1, 2020. Age 25.
- Alexa Negron Luciano – Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. February 24, 2020. Age 29.
- Yampi Mendez Arocho – Moca, Puerto Rico, March 5, 2020. Age 19.
- Monica Diamond – Charlotte, North Carolina. March 18, 2020. Age 34.
- Lexi– Harlem, New York City, New York. March 28, 2020. Age 33.
- Johanna Metzger – Baltimore, Maryland. April 1, 2020. Age 25.
- Serena Angelique Velazquezz – Puerto Rico. April 22, 2020. Age 32.
- Layla Pelaez – Puerto Rico. April 22, 2020. Age 21.
- Penélope Díaz Ramírez – Puerto Rico. April 13, 2020. Age 31.