Trans Woman Dandara dos Santos Brutally Murdered in Brazil


A transgender Brazilian woman was beaten to death in a horrifying attack that was caught on camera.

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Dandara dos Santos, 42, was dragged from her home in Ceara, Brazil on February 15 and dumped in a wheelbarrow, taken to a back alley and then assaulted and shot by a group of men who cheered and laughed.

In the video, which we will not post, the woman is heard begging the attackers to spare her life, while the man behind the camera said in Portuguese, "they will kill the f****t."

Police are currently investigating the murder. According to Police Inspector Damasceno, they were able to identify six people because of the video.

City officials have also denounced the anti-trans attack.

“The Government of Ceara hereby expresses its deepest condemnation of acts of violence and intolerance as what was practiced against Dandara dos Santos, killed by brutal beating,” it said in a statement.

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According to Brazil's Trans Network, Dandara was the fifth trans woman to be murdered last month.

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