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Angie Zapata's Murderer Has A MySpace Page

Filed By Guest Blogger | August 04, 2009 7:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Transgender & Intersex, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: Allen Andrade, Angie Zapata, blame the victim, Myspace, outrage

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Autumn Sandeen is a transgender activist living in San Diego. Autumn SandeenShe is a regular barista at Pam's House Blend where she covered the Angie Zapata trial at length. Tomorrow would be Angie Zapata's 20th birthday.

I'm feeling a little disconcerted today, as a page for Allen Ray Andrade on MySpace was brought to my attention. The webpage appears to be created by Mr. Andrade's brother; the webpage is disturbing to me on a couple of levels...

From the text of the Allen Andrade MySpace Page:

People THINK that they know my brother based on the ONE mistake that he made last year. Well, you don't. See, he's a BROTHER, SON, uncle, nephew, grandson, cousin, and friend. He's never denied his identity as a straight male. NEVER. My brother loves WOMEN...the kind GOD makes with vaginas, fallopian tubes, uteruses, periods. -- In my opinion, God gives WOMEN the opportunity to co-create with him. Allen Ray Andrade MySpace PageIt's an opportunity that surgery or mindset can not achieve. It never will. -- Now, that's not to say that I believe all women should bear children. Some can't for whatever reason and SOME shouldn't, and I can think of one family in particular that falls in the latter. Anyway, I'm a firm believer in things happening for a reason. I've told Allen Ray many times that he's truly the lucky one, not only is he here, but he gets a second chance at life. He gets to confess, repent, and move on. We get to do that with him. Sometimes when God needs you to listen he puts us somewhere where we can. It is not fair to judge people by what you read. Only I know what happened, and have to live with it everyday of my life. It wasn't what the media portrayed it to be or the state. I am holding myself accountable. So judge not, please... By the grace of God, I hope that none of you reading this, ever have a loved one go through this ordeal. Keep your sons and daughters safe! Teach them morals ~ beginning with the truth.

Well, here's some truth for you. If you don't remember who Allen Ray Andrade is, his "one mistake" resulted in him being convicted by a jury of his peers for First Degree Murder, and a Bias Motivated Crime related to his killing of Angie Zapata.

His "one mistake" also included guilty verdicts on vehicle theft and identity theft, so that means there were at least three to four "mistakes." Allen Ray Andrade MySpace Page BackgroundAnd hey, since the identity theft was ongoing for two weeks between the murder and his arrest, there were multiple "mistakes" related to how many times identity theft was involved in using a stolen ATM card as well.

Because Allen Ray Andrade actually made multiple "mistakes" in his life beyond this grouping of "mistakes," he received life plus an additional 60 years -- and it was 60 years instead of some smaller number of years because he was judged by the court to be a habitual offender.

Another disturbing aspect of the Allen Andrade MySpace Page is how much Bible scripture is on it -- including Acts 2:21 -- and this from Luke 6:37...

Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.

...As well as how much religious imagery is on the page.

I don't know Allen Ray Andrade, but I do know that a jury of his peers judged him guilty of four crimes, which included First Degree Murder and a Bias Motivated Crime (a hate crime). I was in the courtroom for the entire trial, and I saw a brutal murder scene that I'll never be able to get completely out of my mind, and heard Allen Ray Andrade say in recorded jailhouse telephone calls:

"It's not like I went up to a schoolteacher and shot her in the head or ... killed a law-abiding straight citizen."


Angie Zapata"Did you see that thing in make-up?"


"I can't cry over spilled milk."

And, I can't count how many times I heard Allen Ray Andrade refer to Angie Zapata as "it."

I certainly understand that Mr. Andrade's family wants to support their brother; I certainly understand that familial love can be a powerful force for change in a person's life. And, never let it be said that I don't believe in contrition and repentance.

But that said, I also know that the brother who wrote the headpiece for this MySpace webpage is saying disparaging things about transgender human beings like me. Angie Zapata GravesiteThis, while at the same time, he shrouds what Allen Ray Andrade did to Angie Zapata in Christian scripture and imagery. I also know that the general attack on transgender women in this MySpace webpage headpiece doesn't speak to love, or indicate contrition or repentance. It instead sounds to me that his family is joining with Allen Ray Andrade in still blaming the victim -- Angie Zapata -- for the hate crime that Mr. Andrade committed. And, beyond just blaming Angie, Mr. Andrade and his family seem to me to be clearly blaming all transgender women as being worthy of hate crime murders for not being "the kind [of women] GOD makes with vaginas, fallopian tubes, uteruses, periods."

I found this webpage dedicated to Allen Ray Andrade a bit unsettling. To me, it seems that Christian blessing is being given to the killing of Angie Zapata, and giving justification for killing transgender human beings in the future -- because God will forgive, and only God is allowed to judge these murderers.

Well, I reject that reasoning. A jury of Allen Ray Andrade's peers had the responsibility -- and was allowed -- to judge him, and they found him guilty of a bias motivated murder. And, as a transgender woman who was there in the courtroom for the entire trial -- hearing and seeing the evidence presented -- I feel I have a right to judge him as a hate crime murderer.

One thing I definitely feel is that this webpage page of Allen Ray Andrade's should find no welcome -- no space -- on MySpace.

* Pam's House Blend tag: Angie Zapata

(Crossposted at Pam's House Blend)

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It is disgusting what people will do to convince themselves that whatever they have done is ok.

Jason Asher | August 4, 2009 7:38 PM

Wow, just wow. I just hope someday what he's done sinks in and he has to face it without all this denial.

You said it all, Autumn. This was too disgusting.

Tamara Jeanne | August 4, 2009 10:39 PM

This myspace page is just a lousy attempt to justify Allen Ray Andrade's heinous act of murder. Trying to use religion to justify this is also soooo... lame. Allen Ray Andrade had to have made a lot of other "mistakes" to have also received a conviction as a habitual offender. He is nothing more then a thug and by reports a gang banger want-a-be and now a convicted murderer. He has gotten better then he deserves, at least he gets to live out the rest of his life even if its in prison, so his family can still talk to him and see him. He's lucky to not have been given a death sentence.

What about Angie, she was a lovely young trans-woman who had her whole life taken from her and a family who loved, accepted and cared about her. They will never again get to see her smile or hear her laughter ever again.

I think that this page should be pulled from myspace.

I am really surprised they didn't bring Satan into it, I mean humankind invented him just for this sort of thing, to not take responsibility for their own twisted acts.

Ah, but that would admit that what was done was evil and, apparently, that's not what these folks think. I'm actually shocked they aren't holding him up as righteous for what he did.

Rev. Donna tara lee | August 5, 2009 7:21 AM

Crimes like this is why I am a very OUT Transgendered activist where I live in Florida. While never the victim of a hate crime myself, even though threatened with rape twice, I know how to fight nor am I afraid to when necessery, crimes like this is why I am the activist I am.
To use the christian god to defend hate crimes and the reference to real god made womyn is just plain disgusting. One mistake and sentenced as a habitual offender? I think everyday one of us should post that in this murderer's page to let the public know what the case really is about. Murder by a habitual criminal. Let this person rot in his cell for the next 60 + years. He deserves no better and a lot worse.

Notice that it is written and maintained by Allendale's family. The wording makes my skin crawl, yes, but they are free to post it online. We, in turn, are free to show our disgust on, well, pretty much _every_ major LGBT blog out there. I think we win the publicity wars.

However, at this point no publicity is bad publicity for this man. Here's to hoping the appeals fail.

My partner, Crystal, and I attended every day of the Andrade trial except one when a severe snow storm was threatening the Denver area.
We posted a comment to another Yahoo group about the kind of thinking on the Myspace article perverts the true meaning of Christianity. Unfortunately there are those who profess to be religious persons who rationalize their destroying human lives because of their own prejudices. They have created God in their own image rather than the other way around.
Even the Catholic church issued a document in the 1850's stating that slavery was okay - because that's the way it's always been done.
Hitler felt justified to slaughter millions.
The judge and jury in Greeley, Colorado ruled that it is no longer open season on GLBT persons, and the violence must stop.
I think the sentence of life plus 60 years sends a loud and clear message.
The violence against us will no longer be tolerated, and it must stop now.

Angela Brightfeather | August 5, 2009 9:41 AM

Contrition? Are you kidding me? This person is such an idiot that he has a spot on my space, that when he appeals his sentence, would be the first thing that I would throw down in front of the judge hearing the appeal and ask him why this fool was convicted by a jury of his peers? I mean if he can be excused or put of judgement until he stands in front of his God, then why even have a jury system, right?

If this guy had forty MySpace pages, and they all had the same junk on them as the one shown, I'm all for it. I don't believe that they will serve him as any help in front of a judge on appeal, no matter how many religious statments are on them.

On the side, is anyone sending James Dobson or FOF a reference to his MySpace page, just to show them the type of Christians that are out there and they are breeding with their hate speech?

It should be noted that this page was not written (at least directly) by the murderer. It is nominally by a sibling (though towards the end there are a couple of sentences in the first person that seem to indicate otherwise.)

Thanks for guest posting, Autumn. This is absolutely disgusting; the "But they deserved it" defense lives on.

"...he's a BROTHER, SON, uncle, nephew, grandson, cousin, and friend."

Funny how they seem to have forgotten that Angie was someone's child, niece, granddaughter and friend. Regardless of what they may think of her gender, to deny that she was indeed a person who was loved as they say they love their brother does not show much contrition and until they can acknowledge that, they will receive no forgiveness from me or anyone who thinks like me.

It appears that the MySpace page for Allen Andrade, which Autumn linked to, has been deleted.

The MySpace page has indeed been removed.

Crystal and I were just talking to Maria Zapata, the mother of Angie, and she wanted to express her appreciation to all those who contributed to the removal of this dreadful article on MySpace by the family of convicted murderer, Allen Ray Andrade.

This is what the trans community can do when it comes together for a purpose: the removal of a link that desecrates Angie's memory, and threatens each and every one of us.

If we can do it for one purpose, why can't we get past the bickering and nit-picking about semantics. I believe we should be above all that, and that we should get busy about the task of making this world a safer and better place for all of us. If we can do that, Angie didn't die in vain.

It's absolutely disgusting, not that they stand by him, but that they justify the murder.

Marcy Webb | August 8, 2009 9:15 AM

The sad thing is: My Space has no moral integrity. All they see is the dollar signs, and not the fact that this man has no business with a page.

BTW: George Sodini has a fan page on Facebook. Despite efforts to have it removed, it remains, and the number of fans is growing.