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Lucía Torres Mansilla/Lucía Barrera ("Lucía La Loba")

Age 37

17 Jul 2019
Paraná, Entre Ríos (Argentina)

TDoR list ref: tgeu/14-Jul-2019/Lucia Barrera

Lucía Torres Mansilla/Lucía Barrera ("Lucía La Loba")
Lucía Torres Mansilla/Lucía Barrera ("Lucía La Loba") [photo:]

Lucia's body was found by a friend in her bedroom on Thursday 18th July. She had multiple stab wounds and had last been seen alive on Sunday evening.

An autopsy suggested that she had been killed about 36 hours before her body was found.

Lucía Barrera was a 37-year-old trans activist of the LGBTIQ + collective in Paraná in the province of Entre Ríos. This Thursday, July 18, her body was found with multiple stab wounds inside her home [on calle Ameghino 59] in the city.

Lucia - known as La Loba - lived alone in the house on calle Ameghino 59, near the municipal cemetery of Paraná, a few blocks from the center of the capital of Entre Ríos. Her friends said she had little work, and many unmet needs due to lack of opportunities.

La Loba ("The Wolf") shared her life with friends and colleagues of the LGBITQ+ collective. She was able to collaborate with a popular soup kitchen in the Puerto Sánchez neighborhood, several times a week, until she became a beneficiary of the program Hacemos Futuro de Anses. Those who knew her say that she only changed her ID to update the information she had to present to the agency. There she appears as Lucía Barrera, although for her close friends she was and will always be La Loba, or Lucía Torres Mansilla, the author of a book of poetry: Rota.

Nora Aracil, Lucia's friend, also spoke with Presentes: “La Loba was a big hearted girl, someone who took care of her parents and her siblings. Like all trans people, she had little work and few resources. She was always very supportive.”

Nora is one of those responsible for the Pedro Lemebel Library, which operates in the city's El Sol neighborhood. There La Loba participated in a literary workshop. “She always wrote and that is the thing I want to remember. She always loved to write. On the social networks she published haikus - a poetic genre of Japanese origin. I wrote poetry and a while ago she was the only one who went, every time, to the poetry workshop run by Marita Balla. She was the one who helped her to publish her first book: Rota, from the Caballo Verde publishing house, at the end of 2017. La Loba was working on her second title: Descocida.

The cover of Rota, by Lucia La Loba


She walks, 
With pieces of silk, 

She wants [to be] everyone to everyone, 
and no-one. 
And broken follow, 
With nobody.

In August 2019 a 16 year old teenager was arrested and charged in connection with the crime after being implicated by forensic evidence.

Lucia may have been killed by that young man, a minor, as excluded and stigmatized as she. This young man's life is also pierced by vulnerability, as is the life of the wolf. They were similar contexts: discrimination, poverty, exclusion, violence. It is necessary to look carefully to be able to distinguish these tensions and segregations in people's lives: Lucia was poor, she was a prostitute, she was trans, she was a poet; The alleged transfemicide had no resources, no restraint, and was experiencing a context of violence.

La Loba is symbol and fight. We speak of it to turn on the light of that which cannot remain in the dark. Her murder, her transfemicide, is a sign that forces us to think about living conditions, the possibilities of reparation, justice and punishment. But fundamentally it places us again as observers of the role of the State, which must be guarantor so that there is no impunity, so that public policies contribute to eradicating not only the extreme forms of violence, but also the structural conditions that sustain them.

In April 2021 her alleged kiler took his own life.

A commotion was experienced in the hours of yesterday's siesta in the San Agustín neighborhood of Paraná. A teenager died and the investigations carried out at the scene determined that it was a suicide. It was the young man who was charged with the murder of Lucía Torres Mansilla, the trans woman who received 20 stab wounds in her home on rua Ameghino 59 in Paraná.

This is a case surrounded by tragedies wherever you look at it: a trans woman, who suffered discrimination and pain due to her gender, and then was viciously murdered. An adolescent, little more than a child, with a life marked by injustices and exclusions, and with a bond with an adult person. Now, when the case was about to be referred to trial, with the discussion about whether it was a simple homicide or a transfemicide, the case is closed by an end that few or no one will find an explanation for. Yesterday, when he died, the boy was 17 years old; In other words, when La Loba's murder occurred (in mid-July 2019), he had just turned 16. For a month he was not an unimpeachable minor.

Report added: 23 Jul 2019. Last updated: 19 May 2021

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