Sofia Inés FernándezAge 39
10 Apr 2023
Pilar, Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Killed in custody
TDoR list ref: tgeu/tdor2023/10-Apr-2023/Sofía Inés Fernández
Sofia died in custody at a police station in what was claimed to be a suicide by the authorities. A subsequent autopsy however suggested that she was killed in custody.
Sofía Fernández, a 39-year-old transgender girl, was found lifeless on April 11 while she was deprived of her liberty in a cell at the 5th Presidente Derqui police station. The officers who were at the police headquarters that night first said that she had died of a sudden death, then that she had committed suicide, although the victim's relatives insist that she was murdered.
Beyond the police account, the autopsy of the victim's body revealed a terrifying fact that caused the case to take an unexpected turn when the Public Prosecutor's Office reported to TN that "Sofía had a thong and a piece of mattress in her throat, which obstructed her airways".
At the moment ten troops accused of breaching the duties of a public official are being investigated by the Justice of Pilar. This Monday a key investigation will be carried out, which could complicate the case even more.