Zashy Zuely del Cid VelásquezAge 27
25 Apr 2021
San Miguel (El Salvador)
Zashy was shot in the back while working. She died in hospital.
Early Sunday morning, Zashy Zuely del Cid Velásquez, a 27-year-old trans woman, was on the streets, offering sexual services in San Miguel, when she was shot in the back leaving her seriously injured. The young woman asked for help and was transferred urgently to the San Juan de Dios hospital in San Miguel, 138 kilometers east of the capital. Doctors declared her dead minutes later. They said the bullet punctured her lung and caused internal bleeding.
Zashy was a makeup artist and a beauty salon owner. She was also engaged in sex work, reported Venus Nolasco, president of the Perla de Oriente Collective. “She was attacked from behind, there is no indication of the perpetrators. She asked for help and was taken to the hospital but she died because she drowned in her own blood, ”the activist told Presentes.
Zashy was part of the Perla de Oriente Collective. The organization works to promote the rights of the LGBTI population in the eastern part of the country. Among their programs they have designed emergency routes to deal with reports of attacks.
According to other sources who asked not to be identified for security reasons, Zashy had also received threats. It is suspected that they came from one of the groups that is part of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang, an organization that operates in the area. The gangs in El Salvador have an intolerant macho structure towards diverse populations, causing forced displacement in the territories they control, extortion and assassinations.
“What I am aware of is that it is in the investigation phase. At the moment there are no arrests, ”an agent from the police delegation in the area told Presentes, without giving further details.
Zashy's Facebook profile is https://www.facebook.com/zashyzuley.bonferdinads.