Viccky Gutierrez, a Honduran immigrant with no family in the US, was killed in the wee hours of Wednesday, January 10. Her badly burned body was found at the scene of a fire in Los Angeles’ Pico Union district. She was a member of the LA TransLatin@ Coalition, described by her friends as ‘the nicest girl in the world.’
In the Los Angeles Blade article reporting on the murder, Bamby Salcedo, founder of the TransLatin@ Coalition, raises the possibility that Viccky was killed while engaged in sex work:
Amongst themselves, the mourning trans community also wonders if Gutierrez, who engaged in survival sex work, may have been killed by somebody who may have come to visit her. “There’s a strong possibility it came from work. It’s what we have to do. But we just don’t know. We asked the LAPD to check her cell phone but everything was burned,” Salcedo says.
The joint LAPD-FBI Fugitive Task force arrested 29-year-old Kavyn Ramirez for the murder in the evening on Thursday, January 11. Ramirez, who according to the TransGriot admitted to investigators that he killed Gutierrez, is being held on a $2 million bail. The LAPD is still trying to find concrete identification on Viccky’s body, and money has been raised to pay for funeral expenses and transportation of her remains to her family in Honduras.
More on this case as it develops!