Man Who Stabbed Transgender Latina Woman and Set House on Fire Could Get Death Penalty

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On Thursday, Los Angeles police arrested Kevyn Ramirez for the suspected murder of Victoria Ramos Gutierrez, a 33-year-old Honduran transgender woman he allegedly met online.

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The 29-year-old was also charged with first-degree attempted robbery and for setting Gutierrez's two-story apartment on fire. Firefighters responded to the second-floor flames around 3:15 am on Wednesday where Gutierrez was found and pronounced dead. If convicted Ramirez could receive the death penalty.

In a press conference, members of the transgender community stood alongside LAPD officials, as lieutenant John Radtke said, "Ramirez has confessed to investigative detectives that he stabbed the victim intentionally and then intentionally set a fire after the dispute." 

LAPD has not yet called the deadly attack a hate crime but Maria Roman, a member of the TransLatin@ Coalition told NBC, that "the brutality behind the attack that we experience, we are murdered, burned, stabbed" signifies it as a hate crime. Roman also added that Gutierrez, who was once a volunteer for A Day of Remembrance, will now be on this years list.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed annually on November 20 as a day to memorialize those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia and to draw attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community.

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The case is currently under investigation as a decision on whether to pursue capital [unishment or life in prison without the possibility of parole. Ramirez, who pleaded not guilty, will appear before a court on February 22nd.