Marilyn Monroe CazaresAge 22
13 Jul 2020
Brawley, California (USA)
Stabbed and burned
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Marilyn was found dead in an abandoned building after first responders answered a fire call in the early hours of Monday 13th July.
According to her family she had been stabbed and her body burned.
In yet another incident highlighting the struggles trans people face to be treated with dignity and respect, a transgender woman was found murdered [in the 1100 block on Main St] in the Southern California suburb of Brawley on July 13.
Marilyn Cazares, 22, was found dead in an abandoned building as first responders answered a fire call in the early hours of Monday morning. In the wake of what was described as a “horrific” and “hateful” killing, news reports and Cazares’s family have continued to use the name and pronouns by which she was assigned at birth. Police are investigating the incident as a homicide, although they currently have very little information about the circumstances.
According to the local news outlet KYMA-13, which misgenders her in their reporting, Cazares experienced homelessness and lived in the building where she was apparently murdered. Cazares’s aunt, Mindy Garcia, said she was loved for her charisma, describing her as brave, outspoken, and a very beautiful person.
Cazares could be seen walking “down Main Street all the time looking beautiful with her head held up high,” Garcia said. “That’s how she should be remembered.”
On Saturday 1st August a march and vigil was held in her memory.