Transgender Teen assassinated in Brazil is identified

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Transphobia: 80 percent of the victims of murder showed signs of torture, a recent report revealed - Tomaz Silva/Agência Brasil
80 percent of the victims of murder showed signs of torture, a recent report revealed – Tomaz Silva/Agência Brasil

A transgender girl was assassinated at 12:15 am on Tuesday, February 2nd in Itajaí, Santa Catarina, Brazil. The Military Police said the 19-year-old and was killed with approximately five shots in a street in the Cordeiros neighborhood. The victim’s legal identity was not released at the time.

Updated February 7, 2021.

We have learned that the trans teen murdered on Feb. 2, was known to her friends as Zanotta. She hadn’t legally changed her name or gender marker according to the February 4th report by Programa Cidade Alerta SC.

Legal advisor Pedro de Queiroz said, in the video below, that her death was being investigated as a homicide but additional charges of Femicide were not filed because she hadn’t updated her legal documents.

Trans people such as Zanotta are not included in Brazil’s domestic violence Federal Law 11340, also known as Lei Maria da Penha, although gay men are.

Brazil’s Supreme Federal Court ruled on March 1, 2018, that a transgender person has the right to change their official name and sex without the need of surgery or professional evaluation, just by self-declaration of their psychosocial identity.

The process is long and expensive but “doable” according to trans advocates living in Brazil.

This doesn’t change the fact that Brazil has recorded 1,584 transgender murders triple that of Mexico (Number 2), 523, and the US (number 3) with 455 murders, since trans people began record-keeping in 1998.

Living legally as a transgender person in Brazil means forgoing legal protections in the workplace, public accommodations, and housing. Planet trans has yet to report on a murder in Brazil in which the victim had previously changed their legal documents.

The overall murder rate in Brazil burin the Jair Bolsonaro administration has declined while trans murders have reached an all-time high. Brasil de Fato reports that of trans murders committed during 2019 98% were trans woman of color and 80% showed signs of torture.

The police identified suspects in only 8 percent of the cases.

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She died at the scene.

According to a witness she was last seen arguing with a man. When he left a different individual approached her and shot her five times.


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The police said that she has filed a complaint earlier in the day saying that she had been threatened. As of Tuesday, no arrests have been made according to reports.

According to the Trans Lives Matters TDoR website, she is the 45th transgender person murdered in Brazil since November 20, 2020, the last Transgender Day of Rememberence (TDoR).

A closed-circuit video camera at a nearby business may have recorded the crime.

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This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates.

R.I.P Zanotta

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Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender