Pérola Almeida ("Steffany Melody")Age 22
17 Jan 2022
Boa Vista, Roraima (Brazil)
TDoR list ref: tgeu/tdor2022/17-Jan-2022/Pérola Almeida
Pérola's body was found with stab wounds in the street near an abandoned lot. A 44 year old homeless man has been arrested in connection with her killing.
A 22-year-old transgender woman was stabbed to death this Monday (17), in Boa Vista. A 44-year-old homeless man was arrested on suspicion of the crime. The victim's name was Pérola Almeida .
Pérola's bloodied body was found by a 28-year-old security guard lying on the ground on Rua Belarmino Fernandes Magalhães, near an abandoned lot in Tancredo Neves. The Mobile Emergency Care Service was also called, but the young woman did not survive her injuries. Residents informed the PM that the resident was the one who had murdered Pérola. He was arrested nearby. It is not yet known what motivated the crime.
Associação de Travestis, Transexuais e Transgêneros de Roraima (Aterr) is following the case.
"It is with regret that we record the murder of another TRANS person in Roraima. Pérola was not even able to consolidate her unique way of being known, which demonstrates her struggle as a TRANS person in the midst of a society that discriminates and excludes young people because of sexual orientation and gender identity," Aterr said in a statement.
After being arrested, the suspect was referred to the General Homicide Police Station (DGH). It was necessary to use handcuffs during the arrest, according to the PM.
Aterr asked for action from the authorities "in search of solution of the case and punishment of the author of this crime and we sympathize with the family and friends of young Pearl." The victim, according to the Association, was also known as Steffany Melody.