Andresa SantosAge 36
24 Apr 2021
Manaus, Amazonas (Brazil)
Andresa's body was found by police officers conducting a routine patrol. She had been beaten with a piece of wood.
Manaus / AM - A [trans woman], identified so far only as 'Joelma', was murdered at dawn this Saturday (24th), at around 1 am, on Rua 10 de Julho with Lobo D'Almada, in the Centro district, in the south of Manaus.
According to information provided by the team from the 24th Companhia Interativa Comunitária (Cicom), which answered the incident, the police officers were doing a routine patrol when they noticed a body lying on the floor at the address mentioned.
When they decided to get out of the car and get closer, they realized it was a possible homicide. The police quickly dispatched the team from the Mobile Emergency Service (Samu), who arrived at the scene and confirmed the death.
Police at the scene had information that the [trans woman] had possibly been beaten several times before she died.
While the Department of Scientific Technical Police (DPTC) were at the scene undertaking forensic work on the body they found a piece of wood covered by bloodstains, indicating that was indeed beaten.
Subsequent reports named "Joelma" as Andresa Santos and gave some background about her.
Andresa Santos was a woman full of dreams. She told her family that she wanted to go to Aesthetics College, because she liked the idea of being able to change bodies. She also wanted to start the process of gender reassignment, and even went on to do some medical consultations. But her biggest dream was not to die early, as [trans women in Brazil] have a life expectancy of only 35 years because of the violence to which they are exposed. Despite all of this, Andresa was beaten to death on Saturday (24), in the center of Manaus, at the age of 36.
"She went out that night to have fun. She said 'I'm going there', but she didn't come back. Then we found out that she had been murdered. They ended my sister's story. They destroyed her dreams," reports the victim's sister, Evalcilene Santos, in an exclusive interview to EM TEMPO .
When she thinks of her sister, all Evalcilene can say is how dreamy the young woman was. Andresa lived in Maués (municipality 259 km from Manaus), but moved to the capital in November 2020, already running away from prejudice.
"In the countryside, people called her male and she didn't like it. She wanted to be called Andresa and respected for that. When she came to Manaus, she started wanting to study and change her life, but it was very difficult without having a job because of the pandemic", said Evalcilene.
Andresa's Facebook profile is https://www.facebook.com/andressa.tranns.
Source: Observatório Trans