A Brazilian female-to-male transgender struck a pose with her siblings at the beach, as they recreated their childhood photo.
Sharing the photos on Facebook, the now hulky Brazilian female-to-male transgender, wrote;
18 years later
we return to the
Gabriel Santos is sharing is childhood photo, few months after five men received prison sentences for the torture and killing of Dandara dos Santos, a Brazilian transgender woman whose death was documented in a video that went viral last year.
Dos Santos, 42, was abducted in February 2017 from her home in Fortaleza, in northeastern Brazil, by a gang of men who stripped and beat her with fists, shoes, stones, and wooden planks, hauled her away in a wheelbarrow, taunted her with homophobic and transphobic insults, and finally bludgeoned and shot her to death after she pleaded for her life.
Francisco José Monteiro de Oliveira Jr., who shot Dos Santos, was sentenced to 21 years in prison, according to the U.K.’s Pink News and other sources, although one Brazilian site says he received a 16-year sentence. Jean Victor Silva Oliveira, who beat her with a board, was sentenced to 16 years.
Rafael Alves da Silva Paiva and Francisco Gabriel dos Reis, who both participated in the beating, were also each sentenced to 16 years, and Isaías da Silva Camurça, who yelled slurs at her, was sentenced to 14 and a half years. Lawyers for Jean Oliveira and Rafael Paiva said they will appeal.
Seven other people were accused of participating in the crime, reports Brazil’s Estadao (State) newspaper.
Four are minors who entered a rehabilitation program, two are fugitives, and one was released for lack of evidence. The men who went to trial all denied killing Dos Santos, although they admitted attacking her.
This led prosecutor Marcus Renan Palacio to mock them in court, saying, “No one killed Dandara? Was it lightning that fell on her head? A stone that fell from the building?” according to Pink News.
Brazil has a high rate of violence against transgender people and LGBT people in general. Nearly half the murders of trans people in the world occur there, and activists told Gay Star News that 35 trans people had been killed in Brazil so far this year. The rate of murders of LGBT people overall is more than one per day.