Vanessa ZúnigaAge 43
28 Mar 2021
Tela, Atlántida (Honduras)
TDoR list ref: tgeu/28-Mar-2021/Vanessa Zúniga
Vanessa disappeared on 27th March and the following day her body was found with her throat cut.
Vanessa worked as a volunteer for Asociación de Prevención y Educación en Salud, Sexualidad, Sida y Derechos Humanos (APREST).
Vanessa Zúniga was a 43-year-old trans woman, she worked as a volunteer for Asociación de Prevención y Educación en Salud, Sexualidad, Sida y Derechos Humanos (APREST)). On Sunday, March 27, no one was able to contact her. The next day, Monday the 28th April, they found her beaten, half-naked and with her throat slit in a vacant lot in the port of Tela, on the Atlantic coast of Honduras.
Vanessa lived with her father and sisters in this municipality. It was his family members who recognized her body on Tuesday 29 at the San Pedro Sula Forensic Medicine facilities. “On Monday they reported a corpse wearing only underwear and that it had her belongings at his side, such as a shirt and red tennis shoes. I was in Colonias Unidas, two meters from the Public Ministry ”, the executive director of the Association for Prevention and Education in Health, Sexuality, AIDS and Human Rights (APREST), Leonel Barahona Medina, tells Agencia Presentes. "It was Vanessa, who was like 24 hours after she died."
According to an official of the Honduran National Police, the Police Investigation Directorate (DPI) and the Unit for the Homicides of Persons Belonging to Vulnerable Groups are working on the case.
Vanessa survived by selling items on a very small scale and doing housekeeping. “She had a bicycle with a truck [a kind of cart] where she sold water and cigarettes. She also washed other people's clothes and cleaned houses, ”explains Barahona.