13 Aug 2021
Niterói, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Dandara's body was found by a homeless person on the morning of Friday 13th August.
Police are investigating the murder of a [trans woman], identified as Dandara and between 45 and 50 years old, this Friday morning (13) in the Central Region of Niterói. Black collectives and social movements protested against the crime in social network posts and called an act of protes at the location where the body was found.
According to police, the body was located on one of the busiest avenues in Niterói, near the campus of the Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF). So far, there is no information about the circumstances of the crime, which is being investigated by the Homicides Police of Niterói, São Gonçalo, Itaboraí and Maricá (DHNSG).
According to information from investigators a homeless person found the corpse behind Praça Juscelino Kubitschek, located downtown on Avenida Visconde do Rio Branco and called in military police officers who were patrolling the area. After confirming the report the military called in a forensic team from the police station.
According to the police, the victim has black skin and appears to be between 45 and 50 years old. She was wearing jeans, a gray coat and a blue blouse. There were no signs of sexual violence. The police station will seek information from witnesses and possible security cameras to help unravel the dynamics of the crime. After the investigation, the body was removed to the Forensic Medical Institute (IML) in the Barreto neighborhood.
A vigil was held for Dandara on Monday 16th August.
Grupo Diversidade Niterói (GDN), which supports the LGBTQIA+ cause and is headquartered near the scene of the crime, called, for next Monday (16), an act in protest at Praça Juscelino Kubitschek, where Dandara's body was located. According to sources linked to social movements, hours after the case was registered, testimonies began to be collected in order to help clarify the crime.