Isabelle ColsttAge 27
4 Feb 2020
Florianópolis, Santa Catarina (Brazil)
TDoR list ref: tgeu/4-Feb-2020/Isabelle Colstt
Isabelle was one of two trans women stabbed by two men who approached them on the street. Isabelle died at the scene; her colleague Bruna Andrade died two weeks later.
One transsexual woman died and another was injured after suffering a stabbing attack in the early hours of Tuesday (4) in the Ingleses neighborhood, in the North of the Island, in Florianópolis.
The woman who was murdered was 27 years old and has not yet been released. Her body remained in the Legal Medical Institute of Florianópolis until the beginning of the afternoon of this Wednesday (5). The other transsexual, aged 30, was rescued in a stable state and taken to the hospital.
According to Major Pablo Neri Pereira, commander of the 21st Military Police Battalion (BPM), in the North of the Island, the crime took place around 4 am on Avenida Internacional. The surviving victim told police officers that they were on the street when they were attacked by two men who arrived in a black car and fled after the assault. She said she could not give a reason for the attack.
Two weeks later the other victim (Bruna Andrade) died in hospital.
Isabelle had been beaten in a transphobic attack just two weeks earlier and was afraid of being attacked again.
In an interview this morning (6), the manicurist Alessandra Mendes dos Santos, Isabelle's friend, said that she reported in the last few days that she was scared after being attacked in Florianópolis. The case happened about 15 days ago and Isabelle used social media to report the assault, said Alessandra.
"She was walking, the guys got out of a car and beat her using a stick and a machete. After that she told me that she was afraid, because of the situation of homophobia in Brazil, but also said that she would not give up walking free on the street" said her friend.
According to Alessandra, who lives in the city of Canoas, Rio Grande do Sul - where the two met - Isabelle lived for about 5 years in Florianópolis with her mother and stepfather, and worked as a hairdresser. She also said that the family needs help to pay for her funeral expenses. Friends in Canoas, where the family lived for about 10 years, created an online appeal to raise funds.
Isabelle's Facebook profile is https://www.facebook.com/isabele.colstt.