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Bay Area Transgender Woman Natalia Smüt Lopez Murdered

Transgender woman Natalia Smüt Lopez, 24, a resident of San Jose California was murdered on April 23, 2021. Lopez was a person of color of Puerto Rican descent, an artist, and a drag performer.  A vigil will be held in her honor Saturday, April 24th, 6 pm to 8 pm at the San Jose city hall.

The Milpitas Police Department responded to a 911 call on April 23rd made by a male who identified himself as Elijah Cruz Segura, a 22-year-old Union City resident, said Captain John Torrez in a press release.

On April 23, 2021, at 2:29 A.M., Elijah Segura called 9-1-1 stating the victim was injured and that he was responsible for her injuries. Within three minutes, two officers arrived on the scene and took Segura into custody. Officers located the victim, (identified by friends as Natalia Smüt), laying on the ground nearby in the 1000 block of Hillview Court.

Officers provided aid to the victim who had significate injuries until fire department personnel and paramedics arrived. The victim was taken to a local hospital but despite the efforts of first responders and medical staff, she succumbed to her injuries.

Segura and the victim knew one another and were in a dating relationship. There is no threat to community safety associated to this act of violence.
Segura was arrested and booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for homicide.

Hillview Court is the location of Hillview Court Apartments, which was recently launched by Santa Clara County to provide shelter to the unhoused as part of California’s Project Homekey, according to Eric Shapiro of the Milpitas Beat.

Cindy Campbell remembers her friend was like a ‘Fire Cracker.’ “I remember as a new drag queen in the area, I’d go to shows and she ALWAYS did a lip sync to whatever song was my fav at the time. It’s like she knew!”

“The first time I put myself in drag, she told me how proud she was of me, and she hyped me up so much. Every time after that encounter, it was big hugs and fuck everyone else! Hahah oh man, this really freakin sucks. It’s the best ones who are taken too soon.”

The Milpitas Police Department has been in contact with the Director of Victim Services in the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office and services will be offered to the victim’s family.

Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation is encouraged to call the Milpitas Police Department at (408) 586-2400. Additionally, the information can be given anonymously by calling the Crime Tip Hotline at (408) 586-2500 or via the Milpitas Police Department Website at: http://www.ci.milpitas.ca.gov/crimetip
Press Release By: Captain John Torrez #209
Date and Time: April 23, 2021; 1:53 P.M.

R.I.P. Natalia Smüt

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