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Burned remains discovered of transgender beauty queen a month after dissappearance in Mexico

July 26, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Burned remains discovered of transgender beauty queen a month after dissappearance in Mexico

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Mexican authorities have recovered the burned remains of a transgender beauty queen who was reported missing last month.

Detectives are now investigating whether Paulett Gonzalez, born Luis Jean Gonzalez Virgen, was murdered in a hate crime.

The Daily Mail reported that the 24-year-old won first place in the Gay Beauty Queen pageant in the western Mexican state of Nayarit in 2015.

Gonzalez’s body was discovered last week in Celaya in the state of Guanajuato, which is located northwest of Mexico City.

The beauty queen went missing in June while she was visiting the nearby city of Irapuato with a friend.

According to reports, Gonzalez left her friend behind to attend to some personal business, but no one heard from her again. When she did not return, her friend filed a ‘missing persons’ report.

A social media campaign was launched by Gonzalez’s loved ones begging people for help in finding her. The search came to a heartbreaking end when the woman’s remains were discovered. DNA tests needed to be carried out on the severely burned body to confirm her identity.

Jorge Luis Zamora Cabrera, the state secretary of sexual diversity, said in an interview with the Mexican media that transphobia is one of the lines of investigation in the case.

Friends displayed disbelief at Gonzalez’s death and honored her on her Facebook page. One friend wrote, “I’ll always remember you as a person who was happy and not afraid of anything.”

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