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Protests erupt after Brazilian Judge releases trans woman’s killer

Friends and family of Brenda Lee, who was found dead on 16 December 2015, held a demonstration calling for justice in Pelotas, southern Rio Grande do Sul. Brazil. The 46-year-old transwoman’s body was found inside her house with signs of blows in the head. After two days of investigations, a 21-year-old man was arrested by police. He confessed having committed the crime after an argument with Brenda.

The man, who confessed the murder in a statement to police, was released on Wednesday (23) after spending five days in temporary detention in Pelotas Regional Prison. The judge on duty who attended the case found that the young poses no risk to society. The court decision prompted protests from family members and friends of Brenda in the city center.

Brenda Lee
Amigos e familiares wore shirts emblazoned with Justice for Brenda Lee

“We are protesting here demanding justice. Police arrests and justice turns loose. She did not deserve what she went through. She was an honest, dignified person and this happened. And the bad guy is out, loose “, said Carmen Lúcia, Brenda’s aunt.

The protest was organized by a social network and brought together about 100 people on Monday (28). Participants wore T-shirts emblazoned with Brenda’s face and also carried placards and banners calling for punishment of the murderer.

“We do not want any mother passing what our mother is going through. It’s not a happy Christmas. She is still crying. How will I wish a happy Christmas to a mother who just lost a child ? “asks Patricia Duarte, sister of the victim.

The young man, who confessed to the crime, was indicted by the police for felony murder and theft since he also stole Brenda’s car. The Police requested his probation, which was denied by the courts. So he was released after the request for temporary detention expired. If the prosecutor does not complain, the man will stay free until the day of judgment. The judiciary is in recess and should return to activities on the 20th January.

Brenda Lee was known in Pelotas for her participations in Carnivals. She was also a candidate for a seat in the City Council in 2008. Brenda Lee was majoring in psychology in the Catholic University of Pelotas. The graduation ceremony occurred three days after she was killed. The university issued a statement lamenting the fact.

“I did not give up at any time. This for me is a win. An achievement.” said Brenda Lee smiling thinking about the Psychology diploma was to have received on Saturday. Brenda Lee was to be accompanied by friends and family at the Theatro Guarany to celebrate her graduation from the course at UCPel but couldn’t after her life was so abruptly and brutally ended.

(Pictures: Reprodução/RBS TV)

Source: g1

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Eduarda Alice Santos
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