18 year old Angie Zapata was found beaten to death in her Colorado apartment in July 2008. People have been rallying for justice since.
This news just came in today, i quote from 9news Colorado:
The jury found 32-year-old Allen Andrade guilty of both first-degree murder and of a bias motivated crime or hate crime. It is believed to be the first conviction in state history for a hate crime against a transgender person.I'm not sure if this sets a nationwide precedent, but i wouldn't be surprised.
As always, I have complex feelings around the failings of our (in)justice system, a system that does not rehabilitate, a system where big wigs make bank from imprisoning humans, a system rife with oppression... but i do hope that the friends and family of Angie Zapata find some redemption in this historical ruling, and i hope that this sends a message to people inclined to violence that you can't get away with hurting transgendered folks.
Rest In Peace Angie Zapata.
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