The Los Angeles LGBT Center is mourning the loss of transgender rights activist and performer, Yunieski (Yuni) Carey Herrera, who was murdered on Tuesday, November 17, 2020. Carey lost her life at the hands of her boyfriend, 28-year-old Ygor Arrudsouza. She suffered multiple stab wounds with a fork and knife at her apartment in downtown Miami.
“During Transgender Visibility Week and just days before Transgender Day of Remembrance, our community is once again mourning the loss of one of our own, Yuni Carey. It is being reported that she was murdered by her partner in Miami on Tuesday, November 17. Yuni grew up in our community and went from someone who struggled at a young age, to growing into a leader, and advocate on behalf of the transgender community who was intentional in bringing voice to the trans Latina experience. Her death marks the 37th known murder of a transgender or gender non-conforming person this year and reflects the larger epidemic of violence against the transgender community, which disproportionately impacts Latina and Black trans women.”
“Unfortunately, domestic violence remains far too prevalent across society—with transgender people at increased risk—of which the consequences can be deadly,” the statement added. “The Center’s STOP Violence Program (323-860-5806) and Legal Advocacy Project for Survivors (323-993-7649) offer specialized domestic violence services in multiple languages for our community. Please reach out to us if you are struggling in an abusive situation. We are here to help.”
Arrudasouza confessed he was under the influence of methamphetamines when he used a fork and a knife to stab Carey in a fit of rage. He has been charged with second-degree murder.
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Since 1969 the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, championed, and celebrated LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond. Today the Center’s nearly 800 employees provide services for more LGBT people than any other organization in the world, offering programs, services, and global advocacy that span four broad categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Culture and Education, Leadership and Advocacy. We are an unstoppable force in the fight against bigotry and the struggle to build a better world; a world in which LGBT people thrive as healthy, equal, and complete members of society. Learn more at lalgbtcenter.org.