Nilay, a trans woman in Maltepe, Istanbul has been found dead at her home. She was first stabbed and then strangled with the bathrobe belt. Police told Istanbul LGBTI activist who requested information, that “Already dead, why do you care?”
Source: Pembe Hayat, “Trans Kadın Önce Bıçaklandı Sonra Boğularak Öldürüldü!”, pembehayat.org, 24 November 2015, http://www.pembehayat.org/haberler.php?id=923
Nilay, a 33 years old trans woman in Maltepe, Istanbul lost her life after a transphobic hate crime. Nilay who was attacked yesterday (23 November) around noon at her house suffered several stabbings on her body. The murderer strangled her with the bathrobe belt after stabbing her.
Yanki Bayramoglu, friend of deceased Nilay stressed the fact that this transphobic hate crime took place right after 20 November Transgender Day of Remembrance:
First he stabbed her, then strangled!
“The attack took place yesterday after 3pm. Our mutual friend Emel talked to Nilay on the phone around 3 pm. Nilay said that her client was about to arrive and then she hung up. Later, we tried to call her again but couldn’t reach her. Emel got suspicious at night and went to her home. She kept knocking on the door but there was no answer. They called for a locksmith and found Nilay’s dead body.”
“I saw the house myself, too. Everything was scattered. There was blood. The girl’s body was stabbed everywhere. In the end when she was in death agony, he strangled her with the belt of a bathrobe, and left her there with the knife he used.”
The family is on the road to pick up the funeral
After Nilay’s friends found her body, they called the police. CSI team and the state prosecutor decided to move Nilay’s body to Kartal Training and Research Hospital’s morgue.
Bayramoglu, stated that they informed the family of Nilay and they are on the road from Diyarbakir to pick up her body.
Police to Istanbul LGBTI activist: “Already dead, why do you care?”
Kivilcim Arat from Istanbul LGBTI Solidarity Association said that they kept calling police offices all night after they heard about the attack in order to get concrete information. However, they were not informed by the police officers. Arat, “Police officers talked to me in a very disrespectful manner and mockingly. We were trying to get information for legal follow up procedures, but they did not provide us any information. They said “already dead, throat is cut open, why do you care” and such other sentences.”
According to the information provided by police to Yanki Bayramoglu, the suspect has not been identified yet. Istanbul LGBTI lawyers will follow up the legal process after murdering.
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