Trans woman of color Rayanna Pardo murdered in East LA

Rayanna Pardo
Rayanna Pardo / Liam Shaw vis unsplash

26-year-old Transgender woman Rayanna Pardo was killed by a drunk driver on Wednesday the 17th of March. She was killed at E. 5th St. and S. Eastern Ave. not far from her home. Her family said she was hit by a car as she was trying to get away from people harassing her.

Security video shows Pardo walking down Eastern Avenue right before she was hit with people following her. Her family wants investigators to look into whether she was pushed or ran into the street to get away from the group.

Many of her friends and family believe that Rayanna was pushed in front of a moving car by her then-boyfriend. CBSLA reports that police have not responded to repeated requests for information.

Rayanna honored in East LA Saturday night with a candlelight vigil. Her family and friends are devastated that she lost her life.

Rest In Peace Rayanna Pardo.

This is one of 6 posts Rayanna Pardo made to her Instagram account. The Police did not present a warrant or read her rights as they forced her to the ground.

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Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender