Shakira Villa Centeno
7 Oct 2023
Santa Marta, Magdalena (Colombia)
Shakira was shot by assailants riding a motorcycle in what appears to have been a targetted execution.
October 9, 2023. On the night of Saturday, October 7, 2023, Shakira Villa Centeno, a trans woman and a resident of Santa Marta, was murdered in a hitman attack. The events occurred in the María Eugenia neighborhood, specifically on Carrera 13 and Calle 38. Shakira was walking along the road when she was approached by individuals traveling on a motorcycle, who drew their firearms repeatedly, causing her to die immediately.
These events occur within the framework of an increase in violence in the department of Magdalena, specifically in the Northern Region and the District of Santa Marta. In the first quarter of the year, this department reported 243 murders, of which 87 occurred in Santa Marta. With this murder, the fifth (5) case of an LGBTIQ+ person has been reported in this department and the second (2) in Santa Marta.