A trans woman begged for her life before being beaten to death in a horrifying video circulating online. Dandara dos Santos, 42, was taken from her home, beaten, stripped and thrown in a wheelbarrow before being taken away to be killed.
The gang of six men who attacked her laughed and cheered as they kicked, punched and beat her with shoes and plank of wood. The terrified woman, who lived in Fortaleza in northeastern Brazil, is seen wiping blood from her face and body in the video while pleading with her attackers to stop.
Instead, the men taunt her about her breasts and throw transphobic and homophobic insults at her, telling her in Portuguese that they “will kill the faggot”.
LGBT groups started spreading the video online on Friday – a move which police have said helped them to discover who the attackers were. Police Inspector Damasceno, who is investigating the death, said: “Six people have been identified and the video has helped with that,” according to the Mirror.
“The footage was first circulated among LGBT groups which helped that process. “The police began circulating the clip and we arrived at the house of two of the people identified but they fled. “The investigation is already well advanced and we are going after the killers.”
Though Brazil legalised same-sex marriage in 2013 and hosts the world’s largest Pride celebration, LGBT attacks are upsettingly common. A survey earlier this year found that one LGBT person was killed every 25 hours in Brazil throughout 2016. 144 of the victims were trans people, which translated to a hugely disproportional 42 percent of victims.