Man arrested for two attempted murders of Two Trans Latina Women

Daniela Hernandez Gonzalez
On Sept 4, Daniela Hernandez Gonzalez was stabbed 14 times by 4 men on and a women in McArthur Park.

Donoban Fonseca has been charged with hate crimes for stabbing two trans-Latina women one of them on two separate occasions. The attacks which all took place in McArthur Park began in August, ended with the attempted murder of advocate Daniela Hernandez Gonzalez on October 4.

Related: Two more charged with knife attacks on Trans women in MacArthur Park

The LA Times reports that Fonseca was also charged with participating in the stabbing of a transgender woman in the park on Aug. 21, prosecutors said. Authorities say he also took part in an attack on the same victim on Sept. 1.

Daniela Hernandez Gonzalez
Daniela Hernandez Gonzalez

Daniela Hernandez Gonzalez, who is expected to survive, immigrated to the U.S. from El Salvador three years ago, according to Bamby Salcedo, president, and CEO of the TransLatin@ Coalition advocacy group. Hernandez had been working as a housekeeper and volunteered with the advocacy group to serve hot meals out of their Wilshire Boulevard offices in recent months, friends said.

According to police Daniela Gonzalez was surrounded by 5 people who began stabbing her and shouting homophobic slurs.

“She came to this country running away from the violence she was experiencing in El Salvador, only to come to the United States to almost get killed,” Salcedo said.

Police declined to give any further information on the other victim.

Donoban Fonseca is being held on a one million dollar bond.

A GoFundMe has been started to help Daniela Hernandez Gonzalez through her recovery.


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*Trigger warning: This statement includes mention of graphic anti-trans violence.* It is with sadness, pain, outrage and frustration that we share the terrible news that our dear community member, Daniela Hernandez, was brutally attacked receiving multiple stab wounds and had her throat sliced. The incident took place over the weekend on October 4th, 2020 in McArthur Park, Los Angeles. This attack continues the cycle of violence that has occured in the year 2020 alone, with over 27 murders of transgender people, especially Black trans women and trans women of color. We are filled with relief and happy that Daniela is still with us today, but outraged with the lack of respect for trans lives. Daniela was simply walking on the street when suddenly she was brutally attacked by about four or five people. The suspects said gay slurs to Daniela as she was being attacked and apparently a woman who was with the men was the person who sliced Daniela’s throat. Our organization is holding a rally at McArthur Park today at 6:00 PM today in the corner of Wilshire and Alvarado to demand #Justice4Daniela please show up to demand justice for Daniela and to demand to stop the violence against our community. Please be safe and hope to see you there.

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We are here at MacArthur Park demanding #Justice4Daniela.

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