Myra Chanel IcalAge 51
18 Jan 2010
Houston, Texas (USA)
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Myra was found partially clothed. She had suffered bruises and defensive wounds.
Organizers of a candlelight vigil Monday night say say it was the largest transgender event in Houston's history. About 200 people attended, wanting to know who killed a transgender woman one week ago.
The body of Myra Chanel Ical, 51, was abandoned in a field on the 4300 block of Garrott near the Southwest Freeway and Richmond. She was from Guatemala and has no known relatives in the Houston area.
The vigil was held in the same field where Ical's body was found around 2:00 P.M. on Jaunary 18, 2010. The Transgender Foundation of America in Houston aimed to give the victim a voice and to make sure the public knows about her death.
"She was just a trans woman trying to make it, trying to survive, trying to get a job, keep a job and unfortunately she ran into the wrong people," said Phyllis Frye, a transgender attorney.
"Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide" research project: Popmatters (Online Magazine), March 18, 2010