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Marcinha Ribeiro

Age 27

25 Apr 2024
Ribeirão das Neves, Minas Gerais (Brazil)

Marcinha Ribeiro
Marcinha Ribeiro [photo:]

Marcinha died in hospital a day after after being attacked. Police and medical staff misgendered and deadnamed her.

The Civil Police are investigating the case of a 27-year-old woman murdered with wounds to the head in the Jardim Colonial neighborhood, in Ribeirão das Neves, in Greater BH. The crime occurred in the early hours of Tuesday (23).

The victim is Marcinha Ribeiro, born in the state of Pernambuco. She was taken to Risoleta Neves Hospital, but did not survive her injuries and died on Wednesday afternoon (24).

Witnesses reported that the young woman was a sex worker. When the police arrived at the scene, the soldiers tried to talk to the victim, but she had difficulty articulating words.

The Civil Police reported that a man was taken to the police station and released after being interviewed by investigators.

Centro de Luta pela Livre Orientação Sexual de Minas Gerais (Cellos-MG) lamented the death of the young woman, who was a trans woman, and said that it had contacted the Human Rights Commission of the Legislative Assembly of Minas Gerais (ALMG) and the Public Ministry.

According to the entity, Marcinha was identified by the police based on her biological sex, which was no longer identified. Furthermore, Cellos states that the hospital did not notify the State that the death was a case of violence against women, nor did it present the victim as female.

Risoleta Neves stated that the woman arrived at the scene unconscious and was soon intubated, and that it was not possible to be aware of the victim's social name. However, the report showed that Marcinha's document did indeed contain her social name.

Accounts of the attack vary, but several suggest Marcinha died while defending the man she was with from another attacker.

A 27-year-old [trans woman] was shot while trying to protect a friend in the Jardim Colonial neighborhood, in Ribeirão das Neves, Greater BH. The crime took place last Monday night (22).

According to the Military Police, on the day of the incident, a man invaded a plot of land looking for a 20-year-old young man to collect a debt of R$300. The [trans woman] was with the young man when the suspect arrived.

The armed man intended to kill the 20-year-old. To stop it, the [trans woman] stepped forward and ended up being shot in the head.

The shooter has not yet been located and police continue to investigate.

Report added: 28 Apr 2024. Last updated: 21 Jul 2024

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