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Cristal Romero Matos

Age 52

12 Jul 2020
El Porvenir, Trujillo, La Libertad (Peru)

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Cristal Romero Matos
Cristal Romero Matos [photo:]

Cristal was a hairdresser and trans community leader. Her naked body was found on her bed with signs of violence on the morning of Saturday 11th July.

On Saturday morning, July 11, relatives of Cristal Romero Mattos (52) found her body at the hairdresser she administered in the El Porvenir district (Trujillo). She had been brutally murdered in what appeared to have been a hate crime.

Romero Mattos had a hair salon for more than ten years called “Cristal del Perú”, which was how she was known in her neighborhood on Av. Sánchez Carrión (the most commercial area of ​​the El Porvenir district), where she was very It is also popular for its humanitarian and solidarity nature, since it welcomed other trans women in vulnerable situations, giving them protection, food and a house to sleep.

Agents from the Homicide Section of the Criminal Investigation Division (Divincri) of San Andrés questioned family members, including her partner Aarón Arce Capcha (24), who maintains that he left Cristal at his hairdressing salon early on Friday and does not know anything more.

Witnesses say they have seen Cristal in the company of Venezuelan migrants, whom she had welcomed at her hair salon. After the murder, they stole her money, jewelry, and cell phone. Cristal financially supported her elderly parents, who are now helpless.

Cristal's Facebook profile is

Source: Observatório Trans

Report added: 20 Jul 2020. Last updated: 13 Jan 2021

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