Lotinha Souza de AbreuAge 44
29 Mar 2015
Manaus, Amazonas (Brazil)
TDoR list ref: tgeu/29-Mar-2015/Lotinha Souza de Abreu
Lotinha was stabbed in the chest, allegedly by a neighbour.
General services assistant, [trans woman] [Lotinha] Souza de Abreu, 44, died on Sunday morning (29) after stabbed in the chest with a knife. The victim was at home in João Tomé Street in the Mauzinho neighborhood in the South Zone of Manaus, drinking alcohol with a neighbor, who at this time is the main suspect in the crime.
The suspect, identified only as "Cristiano", fled. According to [Lotinha's] neighbor and suspect's sister-in-law, Rosilene Oliveira, 33, the pair got along well and drank since Saturday night (28). An early morning argument may have motivated the crime.
But according to Rosilene, the reason for the fight is unknown. "We saw the bloodstained knife and him running away, saying he had stabbed [Lotinha]. We didn't have time to know what happened," he said. When she was injured, [Lotinha] still tried to escape through the window, but the neighbor's roof, where she was trying to escape, broke.
She was found dead in the bathroom of this neighbor's residence, who was not at home at the time of the incident. Rosilene said she only realized that the victim was in the other house when she looked out the window and saw a hole in the roof. "I had to break in (the door) to see if she was alive. We asked for help, but she was already dead."
The victim worked in a savory factory as a general service assistant. Her boss, who declined to be named, said she believed the crime was related to [Lotinha's] gender identity.
TvT partner organization Grupo Gay da Bahia & A Critica Manaus 29.03.2015