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Latina transgender woman Sophie Vasquez murdered in Atlanta

Last Updated 5/12/2021

Transgender woman Sophie “Tu Chaparrita” Vasquez, 36 was shot to death on April, May 4, 2021, in Brookhaven Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. She was found unresponsive at her Brookhaven home by police officers while responding to a call that a person had been shot.

Her murder has remained unreported in the media. If not for a tweet by a transgender medical student we may have never known about this dreadful incident.

“Through communications with the Community Estrella and the Brookhaven Police Department,” wrote Darlene Darlington Wagner on Facebook, “I confirmed reports that a Latina transgender woman, Sophie Vasquez, was murdered in Gwinnett County on the morning of May 4. She was misgendered and dead named in the police report.”

The mainstream media hadn’t published about her murder prior to our contact with Brookhaven PD.

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Update May 12, 2021:

Brookhaven, GA. Press release May 12, 2021 – The Brookhaven Police Department is investigating a homicide that occurred on May 04, 2021.

At about 8:15 am on May 04, Brookhaven Police officers responded to a report of a person shot at the Atlantic Brookhaven Apartments located at 100 Windmont Drive. Arriving officers located Juan “Sophie” Arrieta Vasquez in the doorway to an apartment suffering from several gunshot wounds; she was pronounced deceased at the scene. Vasquez was a resident of the apartment in which she was found.

Investigators have actively worked on the case since last week and that investigation is ongoing at this time. Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to call Brookhaven Police at 404-637-0600 or submit anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers by calling 404-577-TIPS(8477).

In addition to the standard press release, Brookhaven PD confirmed with planet trans that Ms. Vasquez was transgender and preferred to be called Sophie. “At this time in the investigation,” Brookhaven PD said, “her murder does not appear to have any connection with her gender expression. However, if the evidence supports additional charges related to hate crime (bias) they will be levied at the appropriate time.”

This is an ongoing investigation. Please check back for updates.

A Gofundme has raised one-half of the funds for her funeral which is happening today.

Sophie’s nickname “Tu chaparita” is an endearment in Spanish for the “little one.” It is safe to say Sophie Vasquez was short in stature but huge in her family and friend’s hearts. She deserves to be remembered and treated properly as a giving and selfless woman.

Visitation is being held today, May 10 2021 06:30 AM – 08:30 PM at the Hatcher Funeral Home & Cremation Service 3464 Jefferson Davis Hwy Graniteville, SC 29829.

Celebration of Life Service services will begin at 11:00 am May 10, 2021, at the Hatcher Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

Rest in peace Sophie “Tu chaparita” Vasquez

Kelli Busey
Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender