TDoR 2020 / 2020 / June / 11 / Kethley Santos

Kethley Santos

11 Jun 2020
Salvador, Bahia (Brazil)

TDoR list ref: tgeu/11-Jun-2020/Ketlin

Kethley Santos
Kethley Santos [photo:]

Kethley was shot in the back while in the street in the early hours of the morning. She tried to call for help but died from her injuries outside a local pharmacy.

A [trans woman] was assaulted in Largo da Sete Portas and another murdered in the Piatã neighborhood of Salvador. Both cases happened on Thursday (11).

The first victim, whose identity was not revealed, was beaten at Rua Djalma Dutra, at 8 am. The [trans woman] was rescued by a team from the Mobile Emergency Service (Samu), who moved to the scene of the event with the police. According to the report, the violence was a transphobic attack, committed by a group of strangers.

The fatal victim, identified as Kethley Santos, was attacked on Avenida Octávio Mangabeira, at around 5 am. The victim reportedly tried to call for help but died near a local pharmacy. Associations linked to transsexuality issued a collective letter out of respect for the victim's memory, who was born in Ipirá, about 200 km from Salvador.

Groups that defend the right of trans people published a letter in which they denounce the practice of discrimination against the trans woman Kethley Santos, born in Ipirá and killed in Salvador, whose social name was not respected during the funeral.

The document is signed by the National Association of Transvestites and Transsexuals (Antra), Association of Students Ipiraenses (Aeipi), Brazilian Association of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transvestites and Transsexuals, Bahia Association of Transvestites, Transsexuals and Transgender in Action and the Collective of trans forward.

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Report added: 23 Jun 2020. Last updated: 13 Jan 2021

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