Shirley Mejía SánchezAge 24
19 Jun 2021
Chinchiná, Caldas (Colombia)
Shirley was stabbed in the abdomen while trying to defend another LGBT+ person from an aggressor. She died in hospital.
Subsequently a 64 year old man handed himself in to the authorities.
According to the Caldas Police report a fight caused the death of a 24-year-old person, a member of the Lgtbi community in Chinchiná. The alleged perpetrator surrendered to the authorities yesterday. The victim was Shirley Mejía Sánchez, a 24-year-old trans woman.
The incident occurred at the El Faro residencia on Saturday night. According to the initial investigation, a conflict arose between an older adult and another person. The victim apparently tried to mediate or defend another and received an injury to the abdomen, which compromised her vital organs. Although she was taken alive to the San Marcos Hospital she died while receiving medical attention.
The authorities began investigations, which suggest that in the moments before the assault the adult complained about the alleged loss of his wallet and accused someone other than Shirley. Tempers heated up, and it is presumed that Shirley came between the attacker and another colleague (who was also from the LGBT community) before suffering the fatal stabbing. This is the seventh homicide case this year in the town - five of them in June.
This media learned that yesterday afternoon the alleged perpetrator of the murder surrendered himself voluntarily to the authorities. It was indicated that the Sijín had identified him and progress was being made to request the arrest warrant. That pressure led the 64-year-old man to go to the Prosecutor's Office, who summoned him to charge him.
¿Orgullo 2021?— Red Comunitaria Trans (@redcomunitariat) June 22, 2021
Mataron a Shirley Sánchez en Chinchiná, Caldas. Solo tenia 24 años.
Llevamos 15 mujeres trans asesinadas en 2021 y parece como si a nadie le importara lo que nos sucede, pareciera que la lógica fuera de luchas fragmentadas y egoístas.#YoMarchoTrans pic.twitter.com/Z9EzPaJuUI
Shirley Sánchez was killed in Chinchiná, Caldas. She was only 24 years old.
15 trans women have been murdered in 2021 and it seems as if nobody cares what happens to us, it seems that the logic is one of fragmented and selfish struggles.