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Shirley Santos

Age 52

5 Nov 2023
Prado, Bahia (Brazil)

Shirley Santos
Shirley Santos [photo:]

Shirley and a man named Carlos Luiggi do Nascimento were both shot in their home by armed gunmen.

On the tragic Sunday, November 5th, terrible news shook the peaceful town of Prado. [Deadname] Santos Silva, known as “Shirley Santos”, aged 52, a transsexual woman who worked as chef in a beach hut in the city center, and Carlos Luiggi do Nascimento, just 20 years old, were victims of a brutal attack inside the house they lived in, on Avenida Minas Gerais, in the São Brás neighborhood, one of the largest and most populous areas in the region.

According to reports from the victims' neighbors, when it became dark armed criminals invaded the home and fired several shots at close range. This tragedy becomes even more distressing when we observe that, faced with imminent danger, [Deadname] and Carlos tried to escape, but, given the small size of the house, the attackers found it easy to carry out the terrible crime.

The authorities, through the regional duty of the 8th Interior Police Coordination (Coorpin/Teixeira de Freitas), authorized the removal of the bodies to the Legal Medical Institute of Itamaraju, while the authorship and motive for this shocking attack remain unknown. At the time of the attack, the gas stove remained lit, and pans waited at the cooking point, a sad reminder of the lives cut short and the dreams that were extinguished on that fateful night.

This act of violence shocks not only the local community, but also reminds us of the urgent need to combat intolerance and violence directed at LGBTQ+ people around the world. Society must come together to ensure that everyone can live their lives safely, respectfully and equally, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation. As investigations progress, we hope that justice is served and that Shirley and Carlos' legacy is remembered as a call for change and empathy, so that tragedies like this do not happen again.

Report added: 7 Nov 2023. Last updated: 1 Mar 2024

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