A trans woman on her way home from a friend was robbed and stabbed in the neck in Brazil.
Wilka was a 40-year-old trans woman in Loteamento Luiz Gonzaga, urban area of Vitória de Santo Antão in the southern state of Pernambuco.
She was brutally murdered on Sunday (26 March), as she was on her way home from visiting a friend.
Wilka was killed with three separate stab wounds, according to Brazilian media – one to the neck, one to the back and one to the abdomen.
In pictures one of her friends posted to Facebook, Wilka’s is seen lying in a puddle of her own blood.
Her blood is smeared across her face and arms, and her hair is also matted with blood.
The stab wound to her abdomen seems to be visible where her top has just ridden up.
Police have not released any information about the suspect or the motif of the murder.
The 17th Homicide Office is investigating the case, and Wilka’s body was referred to the Institute of Forensic Medicine in Recife.
But on Facebook one of the victim’s friends, Heymilly Maynard, says Wilka was murdered after being confused with a cisgender woman.
According to Maynard, she was on her home after visiting a friend when someone tried to rob her; when they found out Wilka was a trans woman, they murdered her.
‘Wherever you are, have a good rest,’ she said.
‘Now you are free of the killers on earth.’
She also shared the gruesome images of Wilka’s bloody body.
Please note, these images are graphic and potentially distressing.
Underneath Maynard’s post, friends have shared moving tributes to Wilka, as well as pictures to remember her by.