TDoR 2012 / 2012 / August / 15 / Eduarda Vasconcelos

Eduarda Vasconcelos

Age 24

15 Aug 2012
São José do Rio Preto, São Paulo (Brazil)

TDoR list ref: tgeu/15-Aug-2012/Eduarda (Carlos Eduardo) Vasconcelos

Eduarda Vasconcelos
Eduarda Vasconcelos [photo:]

Eduarda was one of four trans sex workers who were shot by the same motorcyclist in one night. Two died.

The assailant was captured as a result of surveillance camera footage.

Military and Civil Police arrested on Friday afternoon (17) the suspect of shooting four [trans women] on Wednesday (15). Two of the victims died at the scene and two others are still hospitalized, undergoing surgery, but are doing well. A second person, who is also a [trans woman], was arrested on suspicion of being the mastermind of the murders.

According to police information, the 51-year-old man was apprehended in a routine surveillance and eventually confessed to the crime. He was taken to his boarding house in the Maceno neighborhood where the gun and motorcycle used in the crime were found.

The two detainees were sent to the General Investigations Police Station, where they will give statements.

The motorcyclist shot and killed the first victim, 30, on a back road leading to Fonte Santa Terezinha. According to the PM, this is a point of prostitution. Witnesses said the biker arranged a program and went to the scene with the [trans woman]. When the victim did not return, colleagues went looking for and found her body. She had been kneeling at the time of the shooting, and her car was parked on Av. Dr. Cenobelino de Barros Serra.

The man shot and killed his second victim, 24, near a restaurant that is also on Av. Dr. Cenobelino de Barros Serra. After the shooting, he got off his motorcycle and drove to the corner of Rua St. John's, where he shot the hand and shoulder of the third 21-year-old victim. The driver, according to witnesses, waved and blew kisses at other [trans women] who were also at the scene.

The man then headed downtown, to the corner of Rua General Glicério and Prudente de Moraes, where he shot the fourth 25-year-old [trans woman] in the hand. Witnesses who witnessed the shooting said the motorcyclist had already passed several times before committing the crimes.

The other victim who died was Ysabele dos Santos Freier.

TvT partner organisation Centro de Apoyo a las Identidades Trans: 17.08.2012; TvT project: 180 Graus, online portal, 15.08.2012

Report added: 1 Nov 2018. Last updated: 13 Jan 2021

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