Tamara DominguezAge 36
15 Aug 2015
Kansas City, Missouri (USA)
TDoR list ref: tgeu/15-Aug-2015/Tamara Dominguez
Tamara was run hit by a vehicle at about 3am on Saturday 15th August. The same vehicle then reversed back over her and ran her over again.
Luis M. Sanchez, 27, was subsequently arrested in Colorado and charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action.
Though police can't confirm Dominguez' murder was a hate crime, members of the Kansas City transgender community told us they are often fearful and the hate is real.
"There's this horrible dark underbelly of hatred that goes on and on and on and on and it must stop," said Caroline Gibbs with the Transgender Institute of Kansas City.
Dominguez's family says police found her car near Independence Avenue. They still say they don't know why she was in that area or whom she may have been with in the truck.
Witnesses say they saw a black Chevy Avalanche at the scene.
Police say the driver initially hit Dominguez, then ran over her body at least two more times.
"We understand that maybe they were arguing, but it's not fair for what he did. It ain't fair," Rendon said.
Through a translator, Tamara's brother, Alberto, delivered this message to the driver:
"He just want to say to the person that did that to her, that he (Alberto) would forgive them for what he did to her," Dominguez said through translation as he started to cry. "We are not here to judge nobody, and he (Alberto) hopes that person really feels bad for what he did."
Family members are certain of one thing - she was loved.
"He doesn't know she has family. She had her mom. She had her nephews, brothers, and sisters. That person didn't think about what he did," Rendon said.
TvT project: The Guardian 18.08.2015 & New York Daily News 19.08.2015