Police have arrested a knife-wielding man after a 27-year-old transgender woman was stabbed and thrown from the seventh floor of a building in the city of Sao Paulo in Brazil.
Chiara Duarte was found dead on Avenida Rangel Pestana in the early hours of the morning. Officers that were called to the scene found a street vendor still in her apartment and carrying two knives.
Her brother Luan Duarte said that his sister Chiara was a victim of a hate crime.
He told local media: “It was prejudice, it was a hate crime, pure transphobia. My sister just wanted to be happy.
“She lived in a trans reception centre in downtown Sao Paulo, where she was also a volunteer.”
Street vendor Jeferson Pereira, 18, will face manslaughter charges.
He was still in the apartment moments after her body crashed onto the pavement below in the incident that happened last Wednesday.
The victim’s body was buried a day later at Sao Luis Cemetery in Sao Paulo.
Chiara had apparently gone back to her apartment with the teenager according to the Military Police, who confirmed they had arrested Pereira.
He was also found to have blood on his clothing and two bloodstained knives were found in a nearby piece of furniture.
He told police that he hit her after she tried to attack him with the knives, damaging his finger.
Pereira claims that she fell over the balcony while he was defending himself.
The case has been registered in the 8th Police District and local prosecutors confirmed that the teenager will face manslaughter charges.
Last year Brazil officially criminalised transphobia and homophobia. It has one of the world’s highest transphobia murder rates with 124 transgender people killed in 2019.