Transgender activist Valentina Ferrety was murdered March 30, cruelly snuffing out a bright light of hope in the Mexican desert. She will be dearly missed by everyone who knew her.
In January she began working at RedLacTrans documenting cases of Transphobia, Discrimination, Gender Violence, murders and fragmentation of human rights of Trans women in the Country of Mexico.
Anna-Jayne Metcalfe wrote at Trans Violence News that Karla was an activist, a coordinator of the first Pride March in the city of Salamanca and also led the correction of data on the birth certificate for gender identity of a group of about 40 Guanajuato people in CDMX. She was also named Coordinator of the Mexican Network of Trans Women of the State of Guanajuato.
Alberto Pradilla over at Animal Politico wrote that it was a tragic week for activism in Mexico: three murdered in Guanajuato, Morelos and Zacatecas.
“People do not appear dead. People are found murdered. ” Raúl Ruiz de Colunga, representative of the Círculo Diverso de México, talks about the murder of Karla Valentina Camarena, a trans activist shot to death in Guanajuato on Sunday. Violence has not decreased in Mexico despite the coronavirus pandemic, and the past week was especially tragic for advocates.
In just seven days, three activists died in violent circumstances. On March 22, in El Salvador, Zacatecas, the body of Paulina Gómez, “guardian of the sacred territory of Wirikuta, and friend of the Wixárika people” was found.
A day later, on March 23, in Jiutepec, Morelos, Isaac Medardo Herrera Avilés, a lawyer and defender of the territory, was shot to death.
And on March 30, also with gunshots, Karla Valentina Camarena was murdered in Guanajuato, who dedicated a good part of her life to the recognition of identity.
Karla Camarena’s murder took place when she was leaving a place she owned, known as La Valentina, located in San Felipe, Guanajuato. There, she was chased by a van and later attacked with bullets.
Political Animal asked the Guanajuato Attorney General’s Office about the details of the investigation. His response was that the attorney general, Carlos Zamarripa, assigned a special group from the Guanajuato Criminal Investigation Agency to assist the homicide unit in the investigation of the murder.
R.I.P. Valentina Ferrety, Isaac Medardo Herrera Avilés, and Paulina Gómez.