Martina CalderaAge 38
6 Dec 2021
Channelview, Texas (USA)
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Martina was found dead near the I-10 overpass. Although initially thought to have been the victim of a motor vehicle accident, she died after being shot.
Family members of Martina Caldera, a 38-year old transgender woman, are heartbroken and want answers following the death of their loved one in December.
"We're torn apart. It’s hard on us because we also lost my father to COVID and now this," said Noel Caldera, Martina's older brother. "It’s been a rough couple of years for our family."
Martina, of Baytown, was found dead on Dec. 6 near an overpass on the East Freeway at Sheldon Road in Channelview.
Upon arrival, deputies initially believed her death was the result of a motor vehicle accident, the Harris County Sheriff's Office said in a release. However, investigators with the vehicular crime division determined that Martina was shot several times.
Her brother Noel, who went to the scene and barely recalls seeing any droplets of blood, believes she was shot somewhere else and dumped there.
"I think somebody pulled [her] out of the car and pulled off," Caldera said to the Chronicle.
Caldera said everyone in their large family accepted Martina as a transgender woman, but he personally still calls her his brother.
He believes her gender identity ultimately contributed to her death.