Thursday, April 23, 2009

Justice for Angie Zapata

Last summer we blogged about the tragic murder of Angie Zapata, a trans woman who was living in Greely, Colorado.

Yesterday, a Colorado jury found Allen Andrade guilty of first degree murder - and a hate crimes charge.

The case is unique because it marks the first time a state has used a hate crimes law in the murder of a transgender person. The case has recieved a great deal of cvoerage in the wake of yesterday's verdict, including in The New York Times where Angie's mother tells us, "“The one thing [Andrade] can never take away... is the love and memories that me and my children will have of my baby, my beautiful, beautiful baby.”

“Only a monster can look at a beautiful 18-year-old and beat her to death,” added Angie’s brother, Gonzalo. “The message was sent loud and clear that crimes targeting LGBT people will not be tolerated in Colorado.”

Cases like Angie's illustrate why hate crimes laws are needed on both the state and federal levels to help prevent more tragic cases such as this one. Our thoughts and hearts are with Angie's family.

Below Angie's family gives their reaction to the verdict, and share their memories of Angie...

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