Police are investigating the murder of trans man Samuel Edmund Damián Valentín, found on Jan. 9, 2020, with multiple gunshot wounds on Hwy PR-181 in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico.
According to an unnamed witness who was driving on PR-181 early Saturday morning she hit an object at the Km 63 marker. According to her, she then exited her car and found the deceased with multiple gunshot wounds in different parts of his body.
The victim, Samuel Edmund Damián Valentín was wearing black shorts, a black coat, and black sweat pants when his body was found.
At this preliminary stage of the investigation, no motive is ruled out, said Lieutenant José Padín, director of the Carolina Homicide Division, who was waiting today for the results of the death certification from the Institute of Forensic Sciences and their identification. formal.
The victim was misgendered by police delaying and derailing the investigation for days. Local activists are urging police to consider investigating his murder as a hate crime.
Now that they know he is a transgender man, human rights activist Pedro Julio Serrano has urged the authorities to identify him properly and to investigate the recent murders of other LGBTIQ people.
“One of the most serious problems we have with the Police and the Department of Justice is that they do not identify LGBTTIQ + people in their incident reports. Almost every time an LGBTTIQ + person is murdered, it is the community itself who identifies it. Police and Justice fail to comply with their protocols and it even seems that they want to ignore, make invisible and minimize the serious problem of the wave of homophobic and transphobic violence that haunts us like never before, “said Serrano.
Agents assigned to the Homicide Division of the Carolina Criminal Investigation Corps, together with prosecutor Juan Domínguez, are investigating the case.