Kendra GonzálezAge 26
7 Jul 2021
Tijuana, Baja California (Mexico)
Tortured and burned
Kendra's body was found inside her burned home. Her wrists were bound and there was duct tape around her neck.
Tijuana, BC-. Kendra Medina, a trans woman found dead inside her home on Wednesday morning at Hacienda Los Laureles, was possibly killed at the hands of someone she knew.
At 6:30 am on Wednesday, elements of the Tijuana Firefighters and Municipal Police officers went to the private Hacienda San Francisco, in said neighborhood, where the fire of house 1538-6 was reported. The firefighters put out the fire and upon entering one of the rooms, they found a body on the side of the bed, for which they notified the State Attorney General's Office.
Investigators found sufficient evidence to rule out that the person, named [deadname] Medina González and known as Kendra González, 26, died from the fire. The victim was dressed in a gray towel, with adhesive tape around the head, hands tied, two injuries to the lip and a mark in the neck allegedly caused by strangulation. "The cause of death is likely to be asphyxia by strangulation, but we are waiting for the Forensic Medical Service to confirm this" added the Central Prosecutor.
According to investigators, the alleged perpetrator could be someone close to Kendra as no evidence was found to indicate that entry into the home was forced or that she was the victim of arobbery. "The body does not seem burned, we observe that they intended to set fire to the room where she was, but did not succeed" said Sánchez Zamora.
Kendra was native to Nayarit, but had lived in Baja California for some time, working in a maquiladora.