Transgender woman shot dead after using women’s toilet at McDonald’s

A transgender woman was shot dead in Puerto Rico after using the women’s toilet at a McDonald’s chain.

Neulisa Luciano Ruiz was killed in the early hours of Monday morning in Toa Baja in the north of Puerto Rico.

Footage has been uploaded to social media of two men shouting at a person believed to be Ruiz.

Police are investigating whether the footage is linked with the death.

One individual can be heard appearing to misgender her, saying: “You bet I am going to go and shoot him.”

Since the death of Ms Ruiz, who went by the name of Alexa, has gone viral on Twitter with the trending hashtag, #SeLlamabaAlexa” or “Her name was Alexa”.

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An LGBT activist based in Puerto Rico, Pedro Julio Serrano, called authorities to investigate the killing as a hate crime.

He said Alexa was “stalked and hunted” ahead of her killing and added the video demonstrated the crime was a “hate crime motivated by tolerance”.

He also criticised conservative groups in the country and argued that they have created a hysteria around transgender people using bathrooms.

He added: “We must denounce the hate speech of the fundamentalist groups that have promoted a climate where they prosecute and persecute a trans person for the mere fact of using a bathroom.”

Tori Cooper, director of community engagement for the transgender justice initiative for the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT advocacy group in the US, condemned her death.

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She said: “This is a horrifying crime that must be investigated with the utmost thoroughness and care.

"This victim, who has now been identified as Neulisa Luciano Ruiz, was a human being, a member of a community, a friend and family member.

“She had dreams, hopes, hobbies and did not deserve to have her life taken from her.

"Human Rights Campaign has heard that Ruiz was experiencing homelessness, further highlighting the ways a toxic mix of transphobia and misogyny conspire to put the transgender community at risk of extreme violence.”

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