TDoR 2022 / 2022 / September / 26 / Nicol Ruiz

Nicol Ruiz

Age 35

26 Sep 2022
La Plata, Buenos Aires (Argentina)

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Nicol Ruiz
Nicol Ruiz [photo:]

Nicol died in hospital 3 days after being beaten by her brother in law when she intervened to defend her sister from him.

Daniel Silvestrilli, 30, has been charged with her murder.

Buenos Aires, Argentina. The travesti and trans community of La Plata is shocked by the transvesticide of Nicol Ruiz, a 35-year-old woman and mother of two children, who was savagely beaten on the head by her sister's partner.

The attack that led to her death was perpetrated on the night of Friday, September 23, at her sister's house. When Nicol arrived at the house, located between calles 141 and 79 in the Los Hornos neighborhood of La Plata, she found her sister arguing strongly with her partner, Daniel Silvestrilli.

Nicol intervened to stop the man's violence, but the aggressor reacted against her, hitting her hard with a broomstick on the head until Nicol collapsed unconscious. Although she was immediately transferred to the San Martín hospital, she was hospitalized in serious condition and died on Monday the 26th.

Daniel Silvestrilli was detained in Prison Unit Number 36 of the Buenos Aires Penitentiary Service. According to the information provided by the Prosecutor's Office No. 2 of La Plata to Present, that Friday the man was not complying with his temporary exit regime and an arrest warrant was released for him. Silvestrilli was already serving a sentence of 9 years and six months in prison for aggravated robbery. For the woman's death, the accused must face charges of "homicide in the context of gender violence."

Nicol was a parent who leaves behind two teenagers, and often cared for others in her community.

Nicol was 35 years old and the mother of two teenagers. Her family emphasizes that she was the one who ran the house and was in charge of finances. During the pandemic, when the housing situation was extreme for the LGBT population , Nicol was supportive and took care of housing and asking for help for her colleagues who had nowhere to live.

The Otrans Civil Association, with whom she collaborated, remembered Nicol and demanded justice for his crime. “We express to her family and friends our deepest condolences and deep pain for the [murder] of our partner Nicol Ruiz. Likewise, we demand justice, taking into account the aggravating circumstance of hatred of self-perceived gender identity," the statement said.

“Nicol was a breadwinner, the mother of two children, who after her death are left without his protection. It becomes essential, to be part of the emotional agenda of our country and for society to mourn and be horrified when they kill a fellow [trans person]”.

Nicol Ruiz suffered from kidney failure and had to undergo dialysis treatment. For this reason, they estimate, the blow caused the immediate formation of a clot in her head that complicated the situation. Nicol's family and her friends called for a demonstration to be held on Wednesday, September 28 at 11 am in front of Prosecutor's Office 7 (at calles 56 and 57, La Plata) with the slogan "enough violence for travestis and trans".

Report added: 27 Sep 2022. Last updated: 8 Nov 2022

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