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Transgender woman brutally killed outside her apartment in Istanbul

Transgender woman brutally killed outside her apartment in Istanbul

Esra Ateş, a trans woman, was murdered outside her apartment in Istanbul

Esra Ateş, a trans woman, was killed in front of her Istanbul apartment early on Saturday (25 August).

What happened?

Ateş lived in the Beyoğlu district of Istanbul. Sources say she was arguing with a person loitering outside her apartment building on Friday night. As a result, the man stabbed her and cut her throat.

According to Evrensel, Ateş was a sex worker and the man she was arguing with was one of her clients.

Law enforcement officials and crime scene investigators are currently looking into the suspect and reviewing evidence. The forensic morgue removed Ateş’s body.

Thanks to footage from security cameras, police were able to detain the murderer. The killer had Ateş’s mobile phone on him at the time.

This was not the first time Ateş was attacked. Her friends claim she was attacked just a few days prior to her murder, also in front of her apartment building.

The internet’s reaction

Trans rights activists took to Twitter to share the news of Esra Ateş’s murder.

Anything else?

Although homosexuality is legal in Turkey, LGBTI people still face many challenges their straight and cisgender counterparts do not. Earlier this summer, police detained LGBTI activists for participating in a Pride march in Istanbul.