TDoR 2020 / 2020 / June / 25 / Fernanda Machado da Silva

Fernanda Machado da Silva

Age 27

25 Jun 2020
Rio Branco, Acre (Brazil)

TDoR list ref: tgeu/25-Jun-2020/Fernanda Machado

Fernanda Machado da Silva
Fernanda Machado da Silva [photo:]

Fernanda was beaten in the street by two assailants who accused her of stealing a phone. She died in an ambulance.

A [trans woman] identified as Fernanda Machado da Silva, 27, was beaten to death in the early hours of Thursday (25), at Rua Minas Gerais, in the Preventório neighborhood in Rio Branco.

According to information from the Integrated Public Security Operations Center (Ciosp), the victim was at a [sex work point] when she was approached by two people who accused the victim of stealing a cell phone. Even though the [trans woman] denied that she had stolen anything, the two people started to beat the victim with sticks. The crime occurred around 2:50 am.

The vice president of the Association of Transvestites and Transsexuals of Acre (ATTRAC), Rubby Rodrigues, informed G1 that she is following the case and that the victim's family has already been to the IML to identify the body. According to her, the association is raising more information about what happened and should comment later.

A team from the Mobile Emergency Care Service (Samu) was called, started first aid, but the [trans woman] died in the vehicle before being taken to the emergency room. The body was taken to the Legal Medical Institute (IML) for cadaveric procedures.

According to ANTRA (the National Association of Transvestites and Transsexuals) this was the first case of homicide of a trans person in Acre since 2019.

The trans struggle is not just a body, it is about the right and the courage to exist. But, to exist with dignity, freedom and, above all, respect. For every transgender person murdered, not only are lives lost, dreams and hopes are also lost. Fernanda left, and took with her the desire to live fully in a more humane and conscious society, leaving behind revolt and sadness, feelings that we must transform into forces to continue with her struggle.

The Conservix team wishes strength to family and friends. Fernanda Machado, present!

A week before her death Fernanda had recorded a video with her mother for Pride.

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Hoje, no Dia Internacional do Orgulho LGBT, amigos e familiares mostram por que sentem orgulho de pessoas LGBT. Infelizmente, este vídeo também revela que a violência contra esse público é real. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Fernanda Machado, travesti, 27 anos, foi assassinada, em Rio Branco, uma semana após participar das gravações. O preconceito e a intolerância não podem continuar violentando, matando e fazendo com que essas pessoas sintam vergonha de ser quem elas são. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ O Brasil é um dos países mais violentos para a população LGBT, com uma morte violenta a cada 26 horas, segundo levantamento do Grupo Gay da Bahia. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ O MPAC reafirma sua atuação para que ninguém seja discriminado por sua orientação sexual ou identidade de gênero.

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Today, on International LGBT Pride Day, friends and family show why they are proud of LGBT people. Unfortunately, this video also reveals that the violence against this audience is real.

Fernanda Machado, a 27 year old [trans woman], was murdered in Rio Branco, one week after participating in the recordings. Prejudice and intolerance cannot continue to rape, kill and make these people feel ashamed of who they are.

Brazil is one of the most violent countries for the LGBT population, with a violent death every 26 hours, according to a survey by the Gay Group of Bahia.

MPAC reaffirms its role so that no one is discriminated against for their sexual orientation or gender identity.

In the video Fernanda's mother, Raimunda Nonata, says she is proud of her daughter and talks about the love she feels for her:

“I am proud to have my daughter, I have no prejudice, I love her as she is. For me it will always be my beloved daughter. I love her so much".

Then the two embrace. The video also features a speech by Fernanda in one of the actions of the MP, where she says that it is necessary to educate society to combat violence against the LGBTQIA + community.

“A lot of LGBT people are killed in Brazil and around the world. Brazil today is the country that kills the most, not only physically, but with words. So, as I speak again, educating and informing people is paramount. I don't raise a flag, I don't raise an acronym, I raise love. This is what I defend, this is what we must defend”, she said.

On Monday 3rd August two suspects were arrested.

The Civil Police Acre, through the Police for the Protection of the Person (DHPP), after a thorough investigation work, managed to arrest in the early afternoon of this Monday, 3, Vitor Alexandre da Silva Junqueira, 19 years old, and Rafael Kevin Araújo Braga, 21 years old, involved in the death of [trans woman] Fernanda Machado da Silva, 27 years old. Fernanda was beaten to death at dawn on June 25, 2020 on Rua Minas Gerais, in the Preventório neighborhood in Rio Branco.

On 30th April 2021 Rafael Kewiw Braga and Vitor Alexandre Junqueira were each sentenced to 19 years and 10 months for her murder.

The two accused of killing [trans woman] Fernanda Machado da Silva with a club in June last year were sentenced to sentences that add up to almost 40 years in prison. The decision, by the Criminal Court of Criminal Organizations, was released by the Court of Justice of Acre on Friday (30) and is yet to be published in the Official Gazette.

Rafael Kewiw Braga and Vitor Alexandre Junqueira were sentenced to individual sentences of 19 years and 10 months in prison for the crimes of torture resulting in death, corruption of minors and criminal organization and must comply with the initial closed regime.

Fernanda's Facebook profile is

Report added: 5 Jul 2020. Last updated: 19 May 2021

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