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

Age 37
17 Jul 2019
Paraná, Entre Ríos (Argentina)

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 house 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 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.

Report added: 23 Jul 2019. Last updated: 13 Nov 2019. Source ref: tgeu/14-Jul-2019/Lucia Barrera

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