Two detained in Killings of Transgender feamales in Puerto Rico

The authorities mentioned they’d classified the fatalities as a hate criminal activity following your keeps of two people had been located in a severely burned vehicles last week.

Per week following your figures of two transgender females happened to be present in a terribly burned car in Puerto Rico, the authorities claimed Thursday they experienced imprisoned two men relating to the killings and had flipped these people up to the F.B.I.

The males, Juan Carlos Pagan Bonilla, 21, and Sean Diaz de Leon, 19, had been used into custody of the children on Wednesday but have perhaps not become charged, reported on Capt. Teddy Morales, the chief of illegal investigations your police force in Humacao, on Puerto Rico’s eastern shoreline, where the women’s remains comprise located on April 22.

He or she said the F.B.I. experienced appropriated happening and ended up being exploring Mr. Pagan Bonilla and Mr. Diaz de Leon for possible civil-rights violations.

“We is categorizing it a hate criminal activity mainly because they had been mingling on your patients, once these people discovered these people were transgender female, these people decided to eliminate these people,” chief Morales claimed on monday.

The authorities believed they were looking for autopsy leads to decide how women became murdered. Activists has determined the ladies as Layla Pelaez, 21, and Serena Angelique Velazquez, 32, two relatives that stayed in new york. Their stays comprise discover after individuals also known as 911 to document a burned automobile under a bridge on a desolate avenue in Humacao, right before 5 a.m. on April 22, chieftain Morales explained.

Mr. Pagan Bonilla and Mr. Diaz de Leon was basically mingling with Ms. Velazquez and Ms . Pelaez regarding nights before these were killed and comprise recorded on a single from the women’s social networking accounts, skipper Morales claimed.

The guy explained the police have furthermore tied up Mr. Pagan Bonilla and Mr. Diaz de Leon to your killings through home security camera footage and “scientific facts,” that he decreased to outline. Mr. Pagan Bonilla confessed to taking part in the killings, and Mr. Diaz de Leon switched himself in, the guy explained.

Limary Cruz-Rubio, a spokeswoman towards F.B.I.’s San Juan discipline office, declined to talk about the busts but stated the bureau consistently collaborates with nearby, say and federal agencies.

“The agency try and may often be contemplating unlawful carry out which can come within national district,” she believed. “However, our plan is definitely we don’t verify or deny the existence of investigations, to protect the stability of any feasible investigative hard work.”

Mr. Pagan Bonilla and Mr. Diaz de Leon couldn’t immediately get achieved for inquire into monday day, therefore was not quickly evident when they have attorneys.

If your the male is recharged, it could actually express a turning part of the holding of crimes against L.G.B.T.Q. individuals in Puerto Rico, that has a disturbing reputation for violence against gay and transgender visitors, activists explained.

Ms. Velazquez and Ms. Pelaez had been the 3rd and 4th transgender anyone slain in Puerto Rico in the last 2 months, activists stated. They certainly were also considered to be the 7th and 8th transgender or gender-nonconforming individuals to currently murdered across the nation in 2010, as reported by the individuals liberties plan.

During the past 15 months, 10 L.G.B.T.Q. folks have become slain in Puerto Rico, as stated in Pedro Julio Serrano, a gay legal rights activist. Just about three of fatalities remain unresolved, this individual claimed.

“These busts is an action within the right direction, nevertheless these murders need to be prosecuted as detest crimes,” Mr. Serrano stated. “We craving the government to finish the research inside more several murders of L.G.B.T.Q. individuals throughout the island and provide fairness for all of these.”

Ms. Velazquez resided in queen and Ms. Pelaez through the Bronx. Both had just recently moved to Puerto Rico, and they comprise planning to travel into ny afterwards this thirty days, reported on nearest and dearest and activists.

Luz Melendez, 29, Ms. Pelaez’s relation, stated Mr. Pagan Bonilla and Mr. Diaz de Leon had been imprisoned after a local wireless place uploaded photos of these on Facebook and people started to contact the station to spot all of them.

“We tend to be extremely appreciative of function about the representatives as well as the society added to acquire exactly who have this,” she said on saturday.

She said the images originated from two video that Ms. Pelaez got published on her Snapchat and Twitter account, which confirmed this lady and Ms. Velazquez socializing with Mr. Pagan Bonilla and Mr. Diaz de Leon.

“we learn the clips, also it seemed like these people were spending some time with each other as pals,” she stated. “It seemed normal. There seemed to be tunes trying to play when you look at the qualities. Anyone felt okay.”

She claimed law enforcement have let her know families just that men had been in federal custody of the children.

The killings came four weeks after Yampi Mendez Arocho, a 19-year-old transgender guy, lost his life in Moca, P.R., according to the person proper strategy.

In February, Alexa Negron Luciano, a well-known shape on Puerto Rico social media who had been transgender and homeless, would be recorded to dying after a McDonald’s purchaser complained that Ms. Negron got spied on her behalf within the women’s area.

Ms. Negron’s ultimate second — framed in headlights of a car amid a cackle of joy — happened to be submitted on social media marketing, a fact that activists said underscored the impunity homophobic opponents think if committing this sort of criminal activities.