TDoR 2014 / 2014 / January / 12 / J. Sanchez

J. Sanchez

Age 18

12 Jan 2014
Belize City (Belize)

TDoR list ref: tgeu/12-Jan-2014/J. Sanchez

J. Sanchez
J. Sanchez [photo:]

J. was found dead on Elston Kerr Street in the early hours of Sunday 12th January. She had been stabbed.

She had been was on her way to a party dressed in a white sleeveless vest and a short green and black skirtt, when she was attacked by two men who stabbed her to death. Belizean LGBT NGO UNIBAM called the murder a hate crime. It was reported that she had been harassed and received death threats before in the days leading to her murder.

Police have evidence which says that Sanchez - dressed in full drag - was seen walking up and down on Elston Kerr Street near the Lord's Ridge Cemetery after 1:00 am. The evidence says that two men on bicycles rode up and are tried to rob Sanchez. [She] put up a fight, and in the scuffle one of them stabbed [her] in the chest. Sanchez ran and collapsed a short distance away.

Media reports variously describe J. as a gay man who crossdressed and a "teenager who identified with a transgender orientation". We will probably never know their true gender identity, but female pronouns are used above for consistancy with their presentation at the time they died.

TvT project: On Top Mag 17.01.2014 & UNIBAM announcement 20.01.2014

Report added: 31 Oct 2018. Last updated: 13 Jan 2021

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