TDoR list ref: tgeu/tdor2023/18-Oct-2022/Melissa Núñez
Melissa was shot near her home by a group of men. According to police she killed while talking on a cellphone after dropping off some friends.
PARAÍSO, HONDURAS.- A transgender woman was shot to death by hooded men in the José Tomás Moncada neighborhood in the municipality of Morocelí, El Paraíso.
The deceased had as her first name [deadname] Núñez, , but was known as Melissa Núñez, who according to relatives had recently arrived from the United States.
According to eyewitnesses, Melissa was near her home when hooded individuals aboard a vehicle got out and shot her to death. The body of the young woman was left lying in the street until the National Police arrived to cordon off the scene, later Forensic Medicine agents carried out the removal of the body.
So far the motive for the crime is unknown, as well as its perpetrators, police authorities are investigating the case to find those responsible.
Melissa had been living in Honduras for several months when she was killed. Prior to that she had lived in the USA for around 25 years, where she had been active in advocating for the rights of LGBT+ people, especially on social networks. She had returned to Honduras after the US denied her entry following a previous visit to her country of birth.
Indyra Mendoza, general coordinator of Cattrachas, a Tegucigalpa-based lesbian feminist organization, said Nuñez had traveled home to Honduras in December of 2021, but tried to return to the U.S. in July, when she was denied entry. She was living in Miami at the time, after many years in New York. Mendoza told the Washington Blade that Nuñez had sought asylum in the U.S. but did not know on what grounds.