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Juliana Giraldo Díaz

Age 38

24 Sep 2020
Miranda, Cauca (Colombia)

Juliana Giraldo Díaz
Juliana Giraldo Díaz [photo:]

Juliana died after the car she and her husband were in was shot at by a soldier on a roadblock. They had turned around because her husband was not carrying the car's documents.

The death of a trans woman shot in the head by a soldier causes a commotion in Colombia. The Army alleges that the shot was fired because the car in which the victim was travelling disobeyed a stop order.

In fact, it was more of a murder. Her boyfriend, who was also in the vehicle, disputes this version. Juliana Giraldo, 35, was in the car, next to her boyfriend, Francisco Larrañiaga, when she was shot.

The Army presented a lie, saying that the couple's vehicle did not respect an order to stop and, therefore, the military opened fire on him. This version, however, is questioned by Larrañiaga. The fact is that one more person died in this while being shot in the head by a soldier in the municipality of Miranda, in Cauca, in southwestern Colombia.

These facts are known: the couple travelled on a road that links the municipalities of Miranda and Corinto, in a region that is greatly affected by violence caused by drug trafficking. After Giraldo was hit, her boyfriend filmed the scene as about five soldiers approached the car.

The boyfriend says that, without a doubt, it was murder: - They killed Juliana! This man shot her in the head. Help me, please help me! - Larrañiaga pleaded beside his girlfriend's body.

The murder sparked protests. Crowds took to the streets denouncing “The state doesn't take care of me, it kills me”, said a demonstrator's sign in front of the headquarters of the third army brigade in Cali. The death caused a commotion in the country after the video made by the victim's boyfriend went viral on social networks.

The case comes at a time when Colombia is already facing major protests against police and military brutality in the country. The demonstrations, which began after the death of a man in police custody, have left at least 13 dead, most of them young and shot.

Juliana and her husband had been together for three years. They had moved to Miranda a year earlier with the aim of opening a beauty salon in the municipality.

Who was Juliana Giraldo, the woman killed by a soldier in Cauca?

Juliana Giraldo Díaz, the 38-year-old woman who died, according to initial reports, after being shot by a soldier, had lived with her partner three years ago. Both had arrived in Miranda in the last year with the dream of putting together a beauty salon.

Francisco Larrañaga, her husband, said that she was an optimistic person and eager to get ahead. She was a stylist and dreamed of setting up a beauty salon in Miranda. Meanwhile, he sold chicken and fish, saying that to be together they had to overcome criticiscm and accusations by different members of the community and even those close to them. The partner of the murdered woman also said that they have no criminal record to have been subject to review at this apparent checkpoint.

Francisco and Juliana helped each other with raising chickens to sell them. He also repaired vehicles.

News of the killing has spread around Colombia, prompting protests and even interventions by the president of the country. Meanwhile Juliana's family are trying to calm things down.

The relatives of Juliana Giraldo, who died after being shot by an Army soldier during an operation, do not want more protests or violence in the municipality of Cauca.

The victim's sister, Aura María Díaz, called for non-violence and assured that “there is no hatred” towards the soldier who committed the act.

“To those who want to demonstrate, let them do so peacefully. We know that we all reject the act. We don't want what happened to my sister to be to generate more violence. No more violence, no more riots, ”he said.

According to a report by Noticias Caracol, Díaz met with the family of the soldier named following Giraldo's death, who asked for forgiveness for what happened.

Report added: 26 Sep 2020. Last updated: 11 Nov 2020. Source ref: tgeu/24-Sep-2020/Juliana Giraldo Díaz

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