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Carolina de León Montaño

Age 25

12 Sep 2022
Esmeraldas (Ecuador)

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Carolina de León Montaño
Carolina de León Montaño [photo:]

Carolina's body was found a day after she had disappeared on Sunday 11th September. She had been shot in the head.

The murders do not stop in Ecuador: they find a trans woman shot in the head

The Quito Trans Psycho Center of the Silhouette X Association, members of the National Platform "New Trans Ecuador Network" (which covers rural, community and periphery areas with its collectives), the GLBTI Observatory, and the National Federation of LGBT Organizations, make public the following fact.

In Ecuador there is a significant increase in violent deaths against LGBTI people, particularly trans women and men. In less than two months there are already several victims who have been reported, first as missing, to later be found lifeless and with evidence of violence and torture on their bodies.

This time, the murder occurred in the city of Esmeraldas against a companion who responded to the names of Carolina de Leo Montaño, a 25-year-old trans woman, who lived in the Porto de Limón neighborhood sector in Esmeraldas. Her friends and family informed the Trans Psycho Center of her disappearance on Sunday, September 11, 2022. Local media such as "La Calle Habla", directed by Darío Robinson Rivera, also alerted her.

On Sunday, Carolina received a call and left for an unknown destination without telling her relatives where she was going; she took the keys to her house so as not to disturb her return. However, she never came back. A day later, her family and friends reported that she was found dead by a firearm projectile with an entry and exit hole in her head, execution style. Her body was found in the central market of the city of Esmeraldas.

Report added: 22 Oct 2022. Last updated: 8 Nov 2022

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