Thursday, April 1, 2010

Transgender Woman Killed in New York

The New York Times is reporting that detectives are investigating the killing of a 29-year-old woman whose body was discovered on Tuesday afternoon inside an apartment in Glendale, Queens.

Originally, the police identified the victim, Edelbuerto Gonzalez-Andujar, as a man. They said officers from the 104th precinct responded to 69-30 62nd Street after a 911 call about a “male not breathing,” and that the victim was found “unconscious and unresponsive” and pronounced dead inside a first-floor apartment.

But a day later, officials corrected the record, saying that the victim was a male-to-female transgender person who identified as a woman and had not yet undergone sex-change surgery. They said she went by the name Amanda.

A spokeswoman for the medical examiner’s office said that Ms. Gonzalez-Andujar was killed by strangulation. The death was ruled a homicide after an autopsy. Initial reports that Ms. Gonzalez-Andujar had been stabbed to death were incorrect, the police said.

Law enforcement officials said that Ms. Gonzalez-Andujar had been out with friends and relatives on Friday night and that she had dropped off one of those people in Brooklyn early on Saturday morning.

That was the last anyone had seen her, the official said.

On Tuesday, at about 4 p.m., her body was found lying face down on her bed, naked except for a bra, said the official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the investigation was open.

There were signs of a struggle in the apartment, the official said. Pictures had been knocked of the walls and some of Ms. Gonzalez-Andujar’s belongings were knocked to the ground, the official said.

No one had been arrested as of Wednesday afternoon.

It was not immediately clear whether Ms. Gonzalez-Andujar’s gender status played any role in her killing. The police said the killing had not been classified as a hate crime.

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