About 57 transgender people were killed in Brazil in the first 26 days of 2016.
It’s nearly a year later, but the crime spree against the transgender community hasn’t stopped. On Friday, police released footage of another death – this time of 42-year-old Dandara dos Santos.
Santos was dragged from her home in Fortaleza, Ceara state, and into the streets before a group of men beat, punched and hit her in front of local residents.
She was dumped into a wheelbarrow before being taken into a dark alley and beaten to death.
The horrific footage sparked outrage after police released a video of the crime to help find the alleged killers.
It was initially posted online by LGBT groups in a bid to raise awareness about the large number of attacks against transgender people in Brazil.
According to Police Inspector Damasceno, who is investigating Santos’ death, six people have since been identified. He said: “The investigation is already well advanced and we are going after the killers.”
The February 15 attack is unfortunately only one of hundreds in the sickening trend which targets Brazil’s transgenders and transvestites.
According to the NGO Transgender Europe, there were 546 murders between 2011 and 2015. This makes Brazil the most dangerous country for transgenders. Mexico distantly follows with 190 murders reported within the same period.
Our thoughts go out to Santos, her family, and the LGBT community in Brazil.
Watch the horrifying video below: