Samuel Edmund Damián Valentín
9 Jan 2021
Trujillo Alto (Puerto Rico)
Samuel's body was discovered after a motorist hit an object on the PR-181 highway. When she got out of the car she found his body with multiple gunshot wounds.
Police are investigating the murder of trans man Samuel Edmund Damián Valentín, found on Jan. 9, 2020, with multiple gunshot wounds on Hwy PR-181 in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico.
According to an unnamed witness who was driving on PR-181 early Saturday morning she hit an object at the Km 63 marker. According to her, she then exited her car and found the deceased with multiple gunshot wounds in different parts of his body.
The victim, Samuel Edmund Damián Valentín was wearing black shorts, a black coat, and black sweat pants when his body was found.
At this preliminary stage of the investigation, no motive is ruled out, said Lieutenant José Padín, director of the Carolina Homicide Division, who was waiting today for the results of the death certification from the Institute of Forensic Sciences and their identification. formal.
The victim was misgendered by police delaying and derailing the investigation for days. Local activists are urging police to consider investigating his murder as a hate crime.
Samuel's Facebook profile is https://www.facebook.com/samuel.valentin.galarza.