Has anybody been following the case of 32-year-old Allen Ray Andrade who murdered 18-year-old Angie Zapata?

I've taken a couple of minutes to quickly search through my Google Reader to see if this story is being covered, but I haven't seen anything (NOTE: please let me know if you are so I can link).

A quick summary for those who haven't heard of this: Zapata was born a male, but has been living as a woman. She had some sort of sexual relationship with Andrade and when Andrade found out that she had a penis, he killed her.

This is obviously an incredibly tragic - though unfortunately not incredibly surprising - story, but I'm really just confused about the fact that it's still a question whether or not this was a hate crime. When I first saw this story, I was a bit angry and confused then about why it wasn't labeled as a hate crime, but I thought that perhaps since it had just happened, they were still trying to get all the facts.

But they really seem to have them now. And it seems pretty clear to me that this is a hate crime if I ever saw one.

I understand enough about hate crimes to know that the actual laws vary by state. But, come on! When you read things like this, it seems pretty clear where the motive for this murder came from:

[...] he "grabbed Zapata's genital area and felt a penis."
"Andrade indicated he became angered by his discovery and struck victim Zapata with his fists," according to the affidavit. He then grabbed a fire extinguisher, he said, and struck her twice.
He told investigators he thought he "killed it," referring to Zapata. As he prepared to flee, Andrade said, he heard Zapata "gurgling" and saw her start to sit up, then he hit her in the head again with the fire extinguisher, according to the affidavit.

Anybody more familiar with hate crime laws out there? Or with this case? Please explain to me what is going on here and where the hesitation comes from. Is there anything we can do to have people see this for what it truly is? And for heaven's sake, if this isn't a hate crime, what's the definition of a hate crime?!?!

UPDATE: Brownfemipower posted a video of a police press conference.


At Fri Aug 01, 01:17:00 AM Habladora said...

What a horrifying and tragic story. Yes, this is a hate crime.

Have you cross-posted this at Feministing Community? Surly, if some of the big blogs pick this story up, main-stream news organizations will follow suit?

At Fri Aug 01, 08:46:00 AM frau sally benz said...

I can never seem to post on there! I always get an error message. I've written to them so hopefully they can figure out what's going on.

If you, Habladora, or anybody else wants to post about this story on the Feministing Community page, please do so! It just seems ridiculous to me that people anybody is considering that this might not be a hate crime.

At Fri Aug 01, 06:17:00 PM Renee said...

He referred to her as it. I think from what I remember reading at transgriot his exact words were, "I thought I killed it."
To me that is clearly trans hate whether it is legally classified as such I don't know. He specifically killed her because she was trans...I will be blogging about this tomorrow. I have looked around and once again it is not getting a lot of mainstream media attention. It seems that when you are trans your life does not matter to some people. Attitudes will never change as long as we continue to be silent about the violence that trans people face. Thanks for sounding the trumpet on this one.

At Wed May 06, 03:38:00 PM Shakedown Crews said...

I don't agree with the fact that the Andrade killed "Angie" or "Justin" of whatever (s)he was called. But...I'd like to know why it is not considered immoral, unethical, or even criminal that Angie "tricked" this guy, dressing and acting like a woman to lure him to her bed, and then "surprised" him by afterward revealing her true gender. Shouldn't that be a crime?

At Wed May 06, 03:51:00 PM frau sally benz said...

Shakedown, her name was Angie. It came out in court that Angie did disclose her sex identity to Andrade and that this was not any sort of "gut reaction." But even if she had not disclosed this to him, I do not see why this should be illegal. Her not telling him does not somehow pose a threat to Andrade -- he is not suddenly in harm or at risk for anything just because he is dating a trans woman.

And another thing...
dressing and acting like a woman to lure him to her bedThis is not only an inaccurate description of what happened in this case, but I would venture to guess that few (if any?) trans women would "lure" anybody into bed and then "surprise" them.

At Wed May 06, 07:06:00 PM Danny said...

I agree with Sally on that one Shakedown. If Angie had deceived him I would say immoral and wrong but not illegal. Now supposing that did happen yeah I could understand shouting insults or something like that but assault followed by murder was not the way.


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