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Nathacha Ruby Flores ("Samantha")

Age 25

17 Aug 2019
Quito (Ecuador)

TDoR list ref: tgeu/19-Aug-2019/Nathacha Ruby Flores

Nathacha Ruby Flores ("Samantha")
Nathacha Ruby Flores ("Samantha") [photo:]

Nathacha was stabbed outside her home.

She was a hairdresser. Note that reports variously name her as Natasha Ruby Arévalo Carvajal, Nathacha Ruby Flores (the name on her Facebook profile), Ruby or Samantha.

Until 19:00 on Friday, August 16, 2019, Natacha Ruby Arévalo Carvajal (who was better known as 'Samantha' or 'Ruby') was at work in Manabí Street in the Historic Center of Quito. According to witnesses, at one point she disappeared and less than three hours later she was found dead.

Her cousin Jessica Tipán, says that the 25-year-old died of a stab in the heart. The death certificate, issued by the Civil Registry, establishes the cause of his death as a "thoracic trauma due to a sharp puncture-internal acute hemorrhage."

According to Tipán, her cousin was found lifeless at about 9:30 p.m. on Friday, August 16, 2019, in the stands of the building where she lived, on Napo Avenue, in the south of Quito. But she was not stabbed there - surveillance cameras shows that she was attacked by a couple at the entrance of the property.

'Samantha' was a hairdresser known in the La Marín sector, says Tipán, who remembers her cousin as a person "very cheerful and calm. She didn't mess with others. She was very good." After the body was found, relatives realized that the girl was not carrying her phone.

One person - Eduardo D. - has been detained, but the relatives of 'Samantha' ask the authorities to investigate the crime that Tipán describes as "confusing."

"The complaint was filed, there is a detainee, but we want the events to be investigated well." Therefore, they will attend this Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 10:00 at the Pichincha Provincial Prosecutor's Office.

The death of 'Samantha', a trans woman, was also reported on Monday, August 19, 2019 by the Ecuadorian Federation of LGBTI Organizations. "There have been countless times, in which from this institution, we have asked the authorities such as the National Police, Prosecutor's Office and the Judiciary Council, to carry out the necessary investigations of this type of violent deaths suspected of criminality and murders, without having an answer", the Lgbti federation warned.

Nathacha's Facebook profile is

Report added: 20 Aug 2019. Last updated: 13 Jan 2021

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