Video surfaces of trans woman being dragged from home and beaten to death in Brazil
Footage has surfaced of a transgender woman pleading for her life before being dragged from her residence and brutally beaten to death in a homophobic attack.
In the clip below, Dandara dos Santos, 42, can be seen begging a group of men to spare her life as she is kicked and hit with a wooden plank and shoes before a crowd of residents in a small town in northeastern Brazil.
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The video shows Santos covered in blood while laying on the ground. Her attackers can be heard cheering and laughing as they lift her beaten body into a wheelbarrow. They then wheeled her into an alley where they proceeded to beat her to death.
Local reports have quoted the person filming the video saying that "they will kill the f****t" in Portuguese
while the group of attackers hurled homophobic taunts and insults at the woman.
Police Inspector Damasceno told reporters that six people in the clip have been identified since the video has gone viral. He credits the LGBT community's efforts to share the video to spread awareness of the incident as a key factor in their investigation.
"The footage was first circulated among LGBT groups which helped that process," Damasceno said. "The police began circulating the clip and we arrived at the house of two of the people identified but they fled."
The attack that occurred in early February is reportedly the most recent in a string of incidents targeting transexuals in Brazil. Dandara's death is allegedly the fifth of its kind last month alone.