Transgender woman stoned to death in Brazil

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A transgender woman is dead in Brazil after being stoned by attackers on Oct. 19.

The Advocate reports that the victim, known as Madona, was attacked in Aracuju, Sergipe, by a group that pelted her with cobblestones.

She was hospitalized with severe trauma to the head and died four days after the assault.

The report said there had been no arrests in the killing.

Activist Keil Simpson of the National Council to Combat Discrimination told the Gay Star News that transgender people are the “most vulnerable part of the LGBT Brazilian communities, making up a mere 10th, yet we suffer from the highest incidence of violence and murder.

“Since January we have had over 100 transgender people murdered here – that means over 10 people murdered every month. …People here in Brazil think that if they don’t like someone, like a trans person, they have a right to murder. Murders occur because they go often unpunished — simply put: Homophobic and transphobic hate is not a criminal offence.”