[UPDATE] Slain Philly trans woman identified, vigil planned, police have no leads

Kyra Kruz (Cordova) (Photo: Facebook)

THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — [UPDATE: Friends of Kyra are asking for our help. See below.] Finally, we’ve an identification — her name is Kyra Kruz. She was found shot in the head in Philadelphia’s Frankford area a week ago on Sept 3rd, without ID or a phone.

I reported earlier on this story 2 days ago about the lack of information then some 6 days after the shooting — https://lexiecannes.wordpress.com/2012/09/09/trans-woman-shot-in-philadelphia-6-days-ago-another-trans-death-dropping-off-the-radar/

Although we now know the identity of the victim, the Philadelphia police don’t have much other information other than their informing the public that Kruz bought food and a drink a half a mile from the scene of the shooting. Police are asking for help. Call the homicide unit at 215-686-3334.

Kruz was well-known in the trans community and was  involved in community outreach and just recently had her last name legally changed to Cordova. Philadelphia City Office of LGBT Affairs’ Gloria Casarez: “She was a visible, friendly presence, this has been surprising and upsetting to all of us.”

Police seek information on transgender woman’s killing.

From G Philly: BLITZ is holding a candlelight vigil this week for Kruz (Sept. 13) at 8 p.m. at the William Way LGBT Community Center. People will be walking from the center throughout the Gayborhood, sharing stories and remembering the young woman. Anyone interested in speaking, performing or even donating candles and snacks is asked to email Jaden at BLITZJaden@gmail.com.


(Thanks to Zander Elliot for the tip.)


UPDATE: 9-12-12, Friends of Kyra are asking for our help in distributing this flyer:

Kyra Kruz (Cordova) (Photo: Facebook)


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7 replies

  1. Look at that beautiful, happy face! What a tragedy. When will we turn the corner as a society and leave this genocide behind us?!

  2. thanck you for the work you are doing. Its certainly tedious, but so useful.

  3. beautiful lady. The killer should be brought to justice, immediate execution. We need to keep pressing the police for answers and not let her just fall off the radar.

  4. This is sad 😦 I’ve always heard that Philly is supposed to be one of the better places for trans-acceptance. And considering it’s within driving distance, I have been considering going there for quite some time.

    But this is just depressing. This woman did not deserve what happened to her. The killer must be brought to justice.


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