Trans women murdered in Brazil and Australia

Mayang Prasetyo2LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — Last week, a trans woman in Brazil died after she was was shot three times in the face by two men on a motorcycle as she walked down a busy street. According to Gay Star News, the victim is Gull dos Santos. Witnesses were unable to provide any other information about the suspects who rode off after the shooting.

In Australia, police are looking into the death of trans woman Mayang Prasetyo who appears to be a victim of a murder-suicide. Prasetyo, who is reportedly from Indonesia, was found in her Brisbane apartment by police after neighbors complained about a foul odor.

A man, Marcus Volke, was reportedly seen quickly leaving the apartment when police arrived and was later found dead. It is believed the couple shared the apartment.

This murder has created an uproar in Australia over the reporting of other aspects of this story that may or may not be true. A good place to read about that is here:

UPDATE: 11-1-14 from Pink News UK:

“An Indonesian transgender woman who was brutally murdered and dismembered by her own husband has finally been laid to rest.

The remains of 27-year-old Mayang Prasetyo were discovered in her Brisbane apartment last month – while her husband Marcus Volke fled police and later took his own life.

Volke had been attempting to dispose of Ms Prasetyo’s remains by boiling them – while police theorise the murder was domestic violence that ‘got out of hand’”

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4 replies

  1. Sigh. When will it ever stop.





    Australian newspaper makes second apology attempt after calling murdered trans woman ‘she-male’

    27th October 2014, 11:21 AM

    The cover has been described as a set-back for the trans community in Australia The cover has been described as a set-back for the trans community in Australia
    6 reader comments

    A newspaper in Australia which came under heavy criticism for describing the transgender victim of a brutal murder as “she-male” has once again attempted to apologise.

    Earlier this month, the front page of the Brisbane paper, the Courier-Mail today, described transgender murder victim Mayang Prasetyo using the derogatory term.

    The headline of the News-Corp paper read: “Monster chef and the she-male”.

    After a petition gathered nearly 22,000 signatures, the paper issued a half-hearted apology just a few days later, saying it had “no intention of diminishing the value of Mayang’s life.”

    The Brisbane paper has now once again apologised for causing “unintentional” offence.

    In an editorial on page 62, the paper said it had only run the same story as every other paper, and that the victim’s mother never expressed offence.

    The statement read: “Every mainstream media outlet in Queensland had published identical facts about Mayang and her killer’s gender and profession as well as the same pictures.

    “We responded at the time, restating that Mayang was the innocent victim of a dreadful crime, and that publication of the details of her life and murder were never in any way intended to disrespect her or upset her family.

    “Her mother, who we were in contact with, through the week never expressed offense.

    “In our reporting, we never intended to offend any member of the community. Clearly the coverage did, unintentionally, offend the LGBT community and others, and for that the newspaper is sorry.”


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