Two more attacks in Brazil

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Carnival Teresina Parade on Raul Lopes Avenue

Two trans women were shot during the early hours of Saturday the 30th, 2016 on the Cenobelino de Barros Sierra avenue in the Industrial Park neighborhood, São José do Rio Preto, São Paulo, Brazil

According to police, the women are suspected of stealing a cell phone from a 16-year-old teen. The teenager’s father, according to the police, was outraged and went to look for the women. The man then fired several shots and hit the arms and legs of the victims.

The victims were hospitalized at the Santa Casa de Rio Preto and one of them will undergo surgery. The teenager’s father confessed to the crime and was arrested. The teenager, who was with his father at the time of the shooting, was being held at the police station until a decision could be made regarding his disposition.

This is the second crime against trans women in Rio Preto this week. On Wednesday (27), an 18-year-old and two teenagers, aged 16, were arrested in the John Paul II neighborhood, suspected of participating in the murder of a trans woman in Jardim Paraíso. Read more here.

Source: Globo G1

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On another incident, Pamella, a trans woman (called a transvestite in local media) was shot in the head on the evening of the same day (Saturday 30) during the Carnival Teresina Parade on Raul Lopes Avenue. According to the Police, the case happened in front of the mall where the victim had an argument with someone else.

Friends of Pamella published on social networks that it was not a transphobc crime, because the victim and two friends found a gun on the avenue and were playing with it when it accidentally fired hitting Pamella, who was then taken to hospital.

She underwent surgery and remains at the Hospital de Urgência de Teresina (HUT – Emergency Hospital in Teresina). The police are gathering information on the case and did not confirm the version of Pamella’s friends.

Source: Globo G1

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