A distressing video of a transgender woman begging for her life before being beaten to death has emerged. Sadly, her death marks the fifth trans person killed in a month.
The attack, which took place last month in Fortaleza shows a gang of six men laugh and cheer as they dragged 42-year-old Dandara dos Santos from her home into a street where she is punched and kicked before being placed into a wheelbarrow and taken to a back alley where she was allegedly then murdered.
In the video one of the attackers is heard taunting her with homophobic insults. They mock her breasts and shout that they “will kill the faggot”.
Ms Santos can be seen wiping blood from her face and looking in fear at her attackers, her clothes ripped, torn and splattered with her blood. She pleads with the men to spare her.
Police Inspector Damasceno, who is investigating the death, said: ‘Six people have been identified and the video has helped with that. The footage was first circulated among LGBT groups which helped that process.
‘The police began circulating the clip and we arrived at the house of two of the people identified but they fled. The investigation is already well advanced and we are going after the killers.’
The government of Ceará deeply condemned the acts of violence and intolerance shown.
They said in a statement: ‘It should be informed that the entire structure of the State Public Security is mobilised for the investigation of the crime and will punish those responsible.
‘This government believes in and supports, through a human rights framework linked to the Office of the Governor and current public policies that pluralism, diversity and tolerance are fundamental values for democracy.
WARNING: Graphic images