TDoR 2023 / 2023 / September / 23 / Soraya Álvarez

Soraya Álvarez

Age 31 to 40

23 Sep 2023
Tegucigalpa (Honduras)

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Soraya Álvarez
Soraya Álvarez [photo:]

After Soraya was murdered, her killer was caught carrying her body and arrested.

Tegucigalpa, Honduras. By pure chance, the alleged murderer of Soraya Álvarez was captured.

The agents were lifting the body of a person killed by asphyxiation that was floating in the Choluteca River, in Tegucigalpa, on Friday around 9:00 pm, when they saw a man carrying a body on his back under the shadows of the night.

When the police ordered him to stop, the subject threw the body to the ground and fled at full speed. The agents chased him and managed to capture him.

The body that had been thrown to the ground was that of the trans activist Soraya Álvarez, a member of the Muñecas de Arcoíris collective.

In the police action that took place next to the Choluteca River, near the first avenue of Comayagüela, the National Police captured the 53-year-old man, a merchant by trade, for assuming him responsible for the murder of Soraya Álvarez.

In the confrontation with police officers, the alleged murderer received several blows, for which he had to bandage his nose. As for Soraya, her body had wounds on the back of her ear, according to investigations by the Police Investigation Directorate (DPI).

Likewise, Soraya had several bruises on the back of her head, probably caused by a blunt force that could have caused her death. Justice operators are waiting for the Forensic Medicine opinion to know the official causes of the murder.

Soraya Álvarez is the 40th murder victim against LGBT+ people in Honduras so far in 2023, according to the Violence Observatory of the Cattrachas Lesbian Network.

In addition, she is the 11th trans person murdered in the country during the year.

Report added: 2 Nov 2023. Last updated: 9 Nov 2023

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