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O. E. B. Pineda

Age 24

23 Nov 2022
Valencia, Carabobo (Venezuela)

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O. E. B. Pineda

O. was shot in the street by an aquaintance. Unfortunately we don't know her social name.

Carabobo.- [Deadname] Bencomo Pineda , a 24-year-old sex worker, was wearing a suit with a tight skirt, heels and a yellow wig on a corner of avenida Lara in Valencia, crossing calle Boyacá, when a motorized vehicle accompanied by a lady came up calling her by his [social name]. It was 11:30 on a Wednesday night.

After Bencomo recognized the voice she approached the vehicle without leaving the sidewalk. After greeting, he had a random conversation with her acquaintance who, in a surprise action, pointed a firearm at her. His interlocutor brushed the muzzle of the gun against his chest and pulled the trigger. The bullet pierced right through the heart, barely gaving her a chance to walk a few steps through the sanctums of closed premises before collapsing. The last thing she saw was her friend's motorcycle disappearing over the horizon of the avenue.

In conversations with relatives of the deceased, it was learned that the young [woman] lived alone in her late mother's house in La Candelaria, near the old La Concha service station. She made a living [doing sex work] at night with a group of friends, also [trans].

The main suspect in the murder has not yet been identified with whom the victim had had a business transaction. “My [sister] charged him some money that he owed her, because she had sold him some wigs. But he was tired of being charged and we believe that he killed her so as not to pay her,” said Heros Pineda, Bencomo's maternal sister.

This Thursday morning, the detectives returned to Lara Avenue to try to access the videos from the security cameras of the shops in the area, for which it is presumed that they are already about to identify the motorist and his companion.

Report added: 27 Nov 2022. Last updated: 9 Nov 2023

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