Light a Candle for Angie Zapata

By Julianne Hing Apr 14, 2009

The murder trial for Angie Zapata began today. Zapata was just 17 when she was brutally murdered in her Greeley, Colorado apartment last summer after her suspected killer, Allen Andrade, spent the night and found out she was transgender. As I’ve been following the case, nearly every news report includes the stomach-turning details of Zapata’s gruesome murder. My eyes gloss over them now, my thoughts instead always turn to Duanna Johnson, Ebony Whitaker, Lateisha Green, and the under-reported but accepted culture of violence towards transgender people. Local and national groups have seized upon the publicity Zapata’s trial has garnered to launch "End Hate," a campaign with over 50 groups to raise awareness about bias-motiviated incidents targeting transgender people. The trial is the first transgender murder case to be tried under Colorado’s hate-crimes law. If convicted, Andrade could face life in prison without the possibility of parole. We’ll keep you up to the date as the trial progresses. Check out for more news and resources.