The search is on for the brutal killer of beauty queen Paulett Gonzalez of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
The transgender woman vanished in early June during a visit to a friend in Irapuato. That was the last time anyone saw her alive; she said she had to attend to personal business. Although Gonzalez’s family and friends launched a social media campaign to find her, it was ultimately police who discovered her charred body this past Friday in Celaya, Mexico.
Her killer or killers so badly burned her body that it was reportedly only identifiable via DNA. An untimely end for a trans woman who just last year was crowned the winner of the Gay Beauty Queen pageant in Nayarit, Mexico last year, reported Gay Star News.
But despite her tragic death, authorities are not ready to call her murder a hate crime.
Jorge Luis Zamora Cabrera, Mexico’s state secretary of sexual diversity, told local media that transphobia is one of the motives investigators are considering, reported the Daily Mail newspaper, which also inexplicably felt it necessary to deadname Gonzalez by mentioning her birth name in its report.