Bessy Michelle FerreraAge 40
8 Jul 2019
Comayaguela, Distrito Central (Honduras)
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Bessy and a colleague were shot while waiting for customers at around 1am on Monday 8th July. Her colleague survived.
Police arrested two suspects.
The alleged murderers of Bessy Michelle Ferrera, the member of the lesbian, gay, transsexual, bisexual and intersex community (LGTBI), who was shot dead early Monday morning on the second avenue, eighth street of Comayagüela, were apprehended after a police pursuit.
They were identified as José Luis López Godoy (21), resident in Las Palmas and Franklin Joel Salinas Méndez (28), residing in the Las Torres neighborhood.
They both confiscated the vehicle in which they were transported, two firearms, a revolver and an automatic pistol.
Bessy Michelle Ferrera was with two other sex workers waiting for potential clients when at approximately at 1am, a vehicle stopped at the corner [2 avenida and calle 8 in Comayagüela] where the three [trans women] were and began firing at point-blank range.
Most of the shots hit Bessy Michelle, who died almost instantly, meanwhile, another of them received a shot that went through her abdomen and only one of them managed to leave the scene completely unharmed.
Bessy was an LGBT+ activist and human rights advocate. In the wake of her death, LGBT+ organisations expressed their shock at her murder.
"We regret the loss of the partner and friend bessy ferrera, activist and advocate for the rights of the LGBT populations, leader of the collective of women rainbow dolls and the LGBT LGBT Association of Honduras, we demand justice for the crimes of hatred towards the LGBT population In Honduras, we join the pain of this great loss of a person who fought for human rights for the benefit of the trans community of the country. "NO MORE HATE CRIMES"
"Today we woke up to the painful news that our companion, friend and sister Bessy Ferrera was murdered this morning. "No doubt this news has taken us by surprise, leaving us with a lump in the throat and with an impotence to see how we are being killed and killed cruelly and the authorities of this country do nothing. We share the pain of her family. "WE PUBLICLY DENOUNCE the cruel murder of our comrade, leader and activist Bessy Ferrer."
Bessy's Facebook profile is https://www.facebook.com/Bessynicol.