Estrellita Saltos RobalinoAge 38
22 Mar 2022
Guayaquil, Guayas (Ecuador)
TDoR list ref: tgeu/tdor2022/22-Mar-2022/Estrellita Saltos Robalino
Estrellita and her partner Néstor Fabián González Mero were both shot dead by assailants in a car near their home.
The desire of Estrellita Saltos Robalino or [deadname], the name with which she was registered in the Civil Registry, was to own her own hairdressing salon. However, her wish will only remain in the memory of her relatives, as on Tuesday night she was murdered when she and her partner, Néstor Fabián González Mero, were traveling on a tricycle through the south of Guayaquil.
The 38-year-old trans woman and Néstor, 29, were attacked when they were two blocks from their home. This happened in the Right of the Poor cooperative , in Guasmo Sur. One of the murderers, who were aboard a gray car, got out and shot them both.
Her sister Katiria Saltos said that at the age of 13 Estrellita revealed her [gender] and that at 15 she got her first job in a beauty salon. “ My [sister] was a hard-working [woman]. She lived on what she earned as a hairdresser and had a 3-year relationship with Néstor. They loved each other very much. He worked driving a tricycle and every night he would pick her up at her place of work," said the young woman.