The rage and tragedy continue over the murder of Angie Zapata, a 21 year-old transgender woman in Denver.
The alleged killer, Allen Ray Andrade, has admitted to bludgeoning Zapata to death with his fist and a fire extinguisher when he discovered she was transgender. In his confession to police, Andrade continues to attack Zapata and her memory by referring to her as "it", saying:
I think I killed it.
Zapata was found dead on July 17 in her apartment. Andrade told detectives that he met Zapata online and chatted with her regularly before the brutal murder. The two met up in Zapata's apartment, where Andrade discovered she was trans. According to police, he then struck Zapata with his fists and grabbed a fire extinguisher, hitting her twice in the head. Andrade then began cleaning up the apartment, but noticed Zapata trying to sit up.
So he hit her again with the fire extinguisher.
He then took her purse, keys, the extinguisher, and stole her car, which is what led police to him. Andrade now faces a charge of second-degree murder and aggravated motor-vehicle theft in connection with Zapata's death. Police are still reviewing the case to determine whether Zapata's death will be treated as a hate crime.
The brutality of Andrade's continued language makes my skin crawl and my heart weep for Angie Zapata and her loved ones. But he's not the only one that continues to dishonor her memory.
Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck said of the case:
It doesn't matter who the victim is. . . a crime like this cannot be tolerated at any level.
"It doesn't matter who the victim is"??
You mean- even though it was a transgender person, you'll still do your job?? How magnanimous of you. The underlying idea that Zapata is somehow less than worthy because she was transgender sickens me.
And the media quickly caught up to the horrific words of Andrade and Buck. The UK Metro ran the headline "Duped lover kills transsexual with fire extinguisher", with this language in the article:
A furious dupe has been accused of murder with a fire extinguisher after discovering a woman who gave him oral sex was born a man.
Allen Ray Andrade allegedly battered Justin Zapata to death in a fury after discovering the truth.
He had believed the partner he picked up online was a woman known as Angie Zapata.
That's right- the poor man was duped, so of course he bludgeoned a girl to death when he discovered "the truth".
Here's the truth- even in death, Zapata continues to be victimized by a brutal, bigoted man and the media. The continued attack on her identity serves to put her in the role of the one at fault, not her violent killer. It is disgusting and beyond belief.
A young woman was brutally murdered. She deserves the same dignity and respect that any person would get. She should not be dehumanized or insulted. It is the killer who is on trial, NOT Angie Zapata.