TDoR 2020 / 2020 / January / 01 / Jennifer Ávila Sumpala ("Burbuja")

Jennifer Ávila Sumpala ("Burbuja")

Age 35

1 Jan 2020
Mazatenango, Suchitepéquez (Guatemala)
Tortured and stoned

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Jennifer Ávila Sumpala ("Burbuja")
Jennifer Ávila Sumpala ("Burbuja") [photo:]

Jennifer was found in the street after being tortured, sexually abused and then stoned. She died in hospital.

Jennifer Ávila, a 35-year-old transgender woman, was sexually abused and stoned to death. Her body was found by Volunteer Firefighters on January 1 on 4 Avenida Colonia Obregón in the Municipality of Mazatenango, 160 km from the capital of Guatemala.

She was taken to Nacional de Mazatenango, where she died, as Angel Romeo Cabrera of the Volunteer Firefighters told Present. She is the second trans person killed in less than two months in the municipality.

Jennifer's body entered the National Institute of Forensic Sciences (Inacif) at 2:42 p.m. and according to the autopsy she died of a craniocerebral trauma, Mirna Zeledón, spokesman for the Institute, confirmed. Her body showed signs of torture and sexual violence.

"It breaks my heart to see how they killed her" Jennifer or "Burbuja" ["Bubble"], as they affectionately called him, participated enthusiastically in activities such as marches, forums and human rights training workshops in the city. She had been expelled very young by her family and, according to Presentes a friend who asked for anonymity, that led her to alcoholism. Jennifer traveled periodically to Escuintla (120 kilometers from Mazatenango) to practice sex work. "It breaks my heart to see how they killed her," he added.

The organization “Otrans Queens of the Night” and the “Observatory for violent deaths” of the National Network of Diversity spoke in this regard:

“OTRANS-RN deeply regrets the cruel murder by stoning against the companion Luisa Ávila Sumpala, affectionately called« Bubble ». Send your condolences to family and friends and strongly reject the gender violence in force against us ».

"We demand clear actions from the Public Ministry and the National Civil Police, as well as the LGBTI Ombudsman for Human Rights Procuration (PDH) to follow up on the case, the second in less than two months in the municipality," they said from The National Network

This is the young and humble face of our sister who murdered viciously in Suchitepéquez, Mazatenango, was an incalzable [sic] fighter and warrior of life, I can not resign myself if I do not get indignant at so much violence that crosses us

You leave a mark of love not only in our hearts but also in the history of trans women in Guatemala

Rest in peace sister

Report added: 7 Jan 2020. Last updated: 13 Jan 2021

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