Friday, April 24, 2009

Justice for Angie  

A verdict has been delivered in the case of the murder of Angie Zapata, a transgender woman who was beaten to death by a man, Allen Andrade, whom she met on the net. Andrade has been charged with first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole.

It makes me absolutely sick what he did to her, and it is just appalling to me that his lawyer attempted to justify what he did with, "He lost control" due to finding out Angie was once a man. That is no excuse whatsoever. There was absolutely no need to do what he did; Angie was no threat to him - his actions were fueled by pure hatred. And as a huge slap in the face to Angie's family, the defense would only refer to her as "Justin" - her name before she transitioned.

But thankfully, the court ruled this as a hate crime. There is really no other way to put it - he committed a crime with pure, intolerant, blind hatred as a motive.

There is a beautiful online tribute to Angie you can visit. But stay away from the comment section... intolerance is everywhere.

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