Rosa Syad RibutAge 35
24 Nov 2013
Edmonton, Alberta (Canada)
TDoR list ref: tgeu/24-Nov-2013/Rosa Syad Ribut
Rosa was beaten to death in a hotel room. A local LGBT NGO speculated that the motive could have been "trans misogyny".
In the early morning hours of November 24th, the body of a possibly trans person was found in Edmonton, Alberta.
I say "possibly trans" because it's unclear how this person identified, and to my knowledge, no one in the trans community has met them or would be able to shed light on who they were. And unfortunately, for this reason, I need to open with the following preamble:
The victim has been identified by the Edmonton Police Service as Jon Syah Ribut. However, she also used the names Rose, Rosa and Dido. In the Edmonton Journal, Paula Simons noted that "... it’s not clear whether Ribut saw himself as transgender -- or as a gay man who sometimes liked to cross-dress -- or as something else altogether...." Although Simons (a journalist who is is trans-aware and trans-positive) uses male names and pronouns, it's clear that she's conflicted about it and knows that more information is needed. I will be using a female name and pronouns instead, but want to stress that both Simons and I are making a guess, and either of us could just as easily be wrong.
Rosa Ribut died of blunt force trauma, and 20-year-old Marcel Cristian Niculae has been charged in her death. There is no further information being given yet as to what happened or what the motive might have been.
Ribut, 35, was an Indonesian citizen who came to Canada in 2012 under the Temporary Foreign Worker program. She had been working at a 7-Eleven in that capacity (presenting as male), but had also taken up working evenings as a female-presenting escort.
TvT project: Edmonton Journal 11.12.2013