The badly burned remains of Paulett Gonzalez, 24, a trans woman from Puerto Vallarta, was found in the Mexican city of Celaya on Friday.
Gonzalez, the winner of last year’s Gay Beauty Queen in the state of Nayarit, was last seen by a friend in Guanajuato earlier last month.
Reports say that she told her friend she needed to take care of some personal business and left, never to return.
Her body was found in Celaya, identified by DNA tests and her family on Friday.
Whether or not she was the target of a hate crime is yet to be determined.
Mara Rojo Sanchez, NNC president of the Asociación Civil Ser Libre says that she was brutally murdered then set on fire, which might be a sign of ‘marked hatred’ toward the transgender community.
Gay Star News reports that Jorge Luis Zamora Cabrera, state secretary of sexual diversity said, “It’s a crime with the aggravating circumstance of being a transsexual.
Because their characteristics were visibly transsexual; considering this, one of the motives that have to be considered is whether this was a transphobic crime.”
Many on Gonzalez’s Facebook feed have sent their condolences and notes of sorrow:
“Till the sky paulet, God keeps blessing you.” (translated) – Jezzi Valdez
“… One more angel watching over us from heaven, kisses up to there beautiful….” (translated) – Estef Toriz