I was looking for stuff yesterday to post about International Transgender Day of Visibility, and I came across this really upsetting devastating news. Another Latina, Amanda Gonzalez-Andujar, was found more than likely murdered in her own home.
“We found her on her bed. She was naked,” said Barbara Vega, 35, of Bushwick, Brooklyn. “Everything in the apartment was destroyed. All her Marilyn Monroe pictures were destroyed.”
Police said the medical examiner will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death. Vega, who believes Gonzalez-Andujar was slain, said she had tried in vain to reach her friend since spending time with her on Friday.
“She never had any problems with anybody. She was full of life,” she said. “We need to know who did this to her.”
When I was finished reading this post, all I could do was turn off the computer and go to bed. Is it so much to ask that on just one day of the year, we surf around looking for positive stories about one of our own and NOT find death and murder and violence?
Amanda was clearly a much loved person–I am so sorry to all of her family and loved ones who are experiencing such sorrow.