Paloma Salas JiménezAge 33
16 Apr 2020
Barranquilla, Atlántico (Colombia)
TDoR list ref: tgeu/16-Apr-2020/Paloma Salas Jiménez
Paloma's body was found dumped with trash in a gully. She had at least 20 stab wounds and her throat had been cut.
Paloma Salas Jiménez, 33, was found Thursday in a trash-strewn gully [at calle 5D and Carrera 12] in Barranquilla, Atlántico, Colombia, on 16 April 2020. She had been stabbed 20 times.
Her murder was called out as femicide, a hate crime, to terrorize all women by regional advocates. Paloma was the third LGBT person murdered in the region since the COVID-19 lockdown began.
The magnitude of violence used in the crime against Paloma Salas Jiménez, led Wilson Castañeda, director of the LGBT advocacy group Caribe Affirmativo, to believe her murder was done to terrorize LGBT people in the La Chinita neighborhood.
Castañeda told El Heraldo he believes that the attackers intended to do as much damage as possible, sending a clear message that this was a “hate crime.”
“This is a trans woman who had a lot of visibility in the La Chinita sector and for that same reason, she was harassed by the illegal actors who control that territory,” he said.
"We are also shocked by the crime of her crime because 20 stab wounds in her body show a clear intention on the part of the perpetrator, not only to kill her, the high level of violence sends a message of rejection of what the victim represents.“ Castañeda said.