TDoR 2019 / 2019 / February / 03 / Camila Díaz Córdova ("Aurora")

Camila Díaz Córdova ("Aurora")

Age 29

3 Feb 2019
Soyapango, San Salvador (El Salvador)

TDoR list ref: tgeu/3-Feb-2019/Camila Diaz Córdova "Aurora"

Camila Díaz Córdova ("Aurora")
Camila Díaz Córdova ("Aurora") [photo:]

Camila was killed in San Salvador after she and her friend Paola had been deported there by the US Trump Administration.

Both had sought asylum in the USA a year earlier seeking refuge from the violence and transphobia in El Salvador.

Asociación Aspidh Arcoiris Trans, a Salvadoran trans advocacy group, told the Washington Blade that Aurora, who was also known as Camila, had been reported missing at the end of January.

The group looked for Camila at various hospitals and eventually learned she had been admitted to Rosales National Hospital in San Salvador, the Salvadoran capital, on Jan. 31 with multiple injuries. Camila passed away on Feb. 3.

She did not deserve to be killed in this way. We knew her. She was a great human being. A humble woman. the pain and the impotence of knowing what happened to her life and that they did not listen to her and that they did not believe her. All she wanted was to live hopefully that her life would change as she hoped.

Like many more of the LGBTTTI community they were killed. They are killing us. This must stop their homophobia, transphobia and lesfobia. Jardin De Las Mariposas feels the pain of knowing that a sister was killed we will remember you when you arrived the first time and when you left you rest in peace at Aurora.

LGBT+ organisation Agencia Presentes originally reported her murder:

LGBTI organization, Presentes, reported police in the capital San Salvador assaulted the first victim. Presentes is still investigating what led to the murder of Camila a 29-year-old sex worker.

Camila did not return to her house on 30 January and Presentes is working on two hypothesis of what happened.

One of the hypothesis is that Camila’s fellow sex workers attacked her. But a number of those sex workers told Presentes that they saw police attack Camila and dump her body several kilometers away from where she worked.

‘Presentes has asked police for an official response but it has closed the case and has not responded,’ the organization said in a statement.

Camila’s body was found on Thursday 31 January and was taken to a nearby hospital where she died from her injuries three days later.

In July 2019 three police officers were arrested on suspicion of having participated in deprivation of liberty and aggravated homicide. In March 2020 a judge ruled that they should be sent to trial.

The agents of the National Civil Police (PNC), Carlos Valentín Rosales Carpio, Jaime Geovany Mendoza Rivas and Luis Alfredo Avelar Sandoval, were sent to trial for the murder with aggravating circumstances of abuse of superiority againstf [deadname] Díaz, known as “ Camila".

In his decision the 5th judge. of Instruction of San Salvador, said that after analyzing all the evidence, including the opinion of the forensic doctor, it has been determined that it seems likely that the defendants exercised physical violence against “Camila” since she had been the victim of multiple blows.

In July 2020 the three officers were sentenced to 20 years in prision for the crime of aggravated manslaughter.

Report added: 18 Feb 2019. Last updated: 13 Jan 2021

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