February 27, 2021

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Police do not rule out hate crime in murder of trans woman in San Germán

The director of the Mayagüez Homicide Division, Lieutenant Aníbal Pérez, said today that in the investigation into the murder of Michellyn Ramos Vargas in San Germán, they would not rule out any motive, including a hate crime.

“We do not rule out anything,” Pérez said in an interview with Noticenter. The lieutenant added that in the Mayagüez area it is the first case so far this year “in relation to this type,” referring to the murder of a trans person.

A relative of Ramos Vargas told the cameras of the news network that he was sending a message to people in the trans community to “not trust anyone.” This, due to the wave of crimes related to gender violence that the country has faced.

The victim worked in a factory in Sabana Grande and lived in the El Carmen residential complex in Mayagüez.

His body was found with multiple gunshot wounds to the head at kilometer 10.2 on Highway 114 in San Germán.

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