Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Amanda Kern (2016)

Amanda Kern was murdered in murdered in May 2016 in Springfield, Illinois, USA.

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Amanda Kern

From the State Journal-Register:

Springfield woman gets 28 years for murder of girlfriend

By Dean Olsen
Staff Writer

Posted Aug 10, 2018 at 1:46 PM Updated Aug 15, 2018 at 7:16 PM

A Springfield woman who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and admitted to stabbing her girlfriend 39 times in a rage as the girlfriend tried to leave the relationship two years ago was sentenced to 28 years in prison Friday.

Circuit Court Judge John “Mo” Madonia issued the sentence against Emmaline Osborne, 26, who cried repeatedly during the three-hour sentencing hearing and apologized to the family of her victim, Amanda Kern, 22.

“I’m sorry to the whole family because I know you all trusted me, and I broke that trust,” Osborne said as friends and relatives from both families dabbed away tears in the courtroom audience.

The former nursing home kitchen worker was arrested at the scene of the murder May 10, 2016, in the kitchen of a house where the couple lived in the 1500 block of East Lawrence Avenue. Kern was brought to HSHS St. John’s Hospital, where she died from the stab wounds.

Madonia said from the bench that he knew the sentence — which Osborne must serve 100 percent of, taking into account 823 days already served — wouldn’t satisfy the family of Kern. The Kern family requested a life sentence for Osborne.

Sangamon County State’s Attorney John Milhiser had asked for a 35-year sentence, while Osborne’s attorney, assistant public defender Lindsay Evans, asked for 20 years, the minimum allowable sentence.

Madonia said the prison term he imposed was more than the minimum because the court needs to send a message that domestic violence is unacceptable.

But he said he tempered the sentence somewhat because Osborne was a victim of domestic violence herself at the hands of an alcoholic mother.

The judge also noted that Osborne had no prior criminal record and was diagnosed after the fact with depression and borderline personality disorder.

Madonia said he wished the Illinois General Assembly allowed him to lengthen a sentence when a murder is committed as an act of domestic violence.

Kern’s mother, Denise Kern, 49, of New Lenox, testified she wished her daughter died as a result of a heroin overdose after the many years Amanda struggled with drug addiction.

“At least it would have been a quiet, peaceful departure,” Denise Kern said.

The way her daughter died gives her frequent nightmares, Denise Kern said, looking at Osborne, with whom Amanda Kern had a seven-month relationship.

“I envision the last moments of torture my daughter endured at the hands of you,” Kern said. “Thirty-nine times? This was not a snap decision. You clearly wanted her dead. You took my life, as well.”

Amanda Kern’s sister, Alyssa, 19, took the stand to say her sister’s death was “gruesome and unnecessary,” and that Amanda was “butchered” as part of a premeditated act.

“It takes a long time to count to 39,” Alyssa Kern said. “My sister was alive the whole time.”

Denise Kern said her daughter was a “bright, bubbly, happy child” who realized she was a lesbian during adolescence and began using marijuana and other drugs.

Amanda Kern graduated to heroin during high school, and her family — living in a “modest home with two loving parents” — placed her in drug-treatment programs several times, her mother said.

“Her life mattered, and it continued to matter ... drug use or not,” Denise Kern said.

Mona Ulibarri (1979)

Mona Ulibarri was murdered in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA in April 1979.

Her case is mentioned in an October 2018 Salt Lake Tribune article on cold cases involving the murders of gay people in that area. The article mostly deals with the murder of a black gay male, a socialist, named Anthony Adams, in November 1978.

The article also notes that Ulibarri's case, like a few others, is "missing select pieces of evidence."

The following is also reported:

Ulibarri’s body had been discovered in the Jordan River in April 1979, and her vehicle abandoned nearby had been set on fire.

Notes about the evidence provided in the Ulibarri case indicate only fingernails collected from the scene are now missing. But the original police report said that semen was recovered from Ulibarri’s body, suggesting that if there was still a sample in evidence, it could potentially be tested against offender databases or samples from the numerous witnesses who were seen drinking with Ulibarri the night she was killed.

Asked about this, Salt Lake City police denied that such evidence was even possible to recover in 1979 from a drowned body. When shown the section of the report stating that the Medical Examiner’s Office in 1979 had in fact tested and confirmed the semen sample before returning it to police, spokesman Wilking said a detective, newly assigned to the file, would have to look into it.

A newspaper search for 1979 failed to uncover any other information.

Rosalyn Lewis (2018)

Rosalyn Lewis was murdered in Conyers, Georgia, USA in December 2018. 

From Project Q:

Atlanta lesbian shot by police after allegedly killing partner
By Project Q Atlanta | Dec 14, 2018 | 10:29 AM

A metro Atlanta woman accused of stabbing her partner to death on Monday and shooting at police after a high-speed chase is also a person of interest in the disappearance of another partner seven years ago.

Joyce Marie Lewis-Pelzer, 42, allegedly stabbed a woman nearly 40 times at a Motel 6 in Conyers on Monday, according to the AJC. She died before she was loaded into an ambulance. The victim is 47-year-old Rosalyn Lewis, 47, according to the Rockdale Newton Citizen.

After interviewing witnesses, police issued a lookout to law enforcement agencies for Lewis-Pelzer and were concerned that she was fleeing to Florida. The Georgia State Patrol spotted her later Monday in Crisp County traveling south on I-75, according to a GBI news release.

“We gave them the lookout on the vehicle she was driving and based on the timing, we were hoping to get ahead of her,” Conyers police spokesperson Kim Lucas told the AJC. “Georgia State Patrol did spot her and did a fantastic job.”

State troopers tried to stop the car Lewis-Pelzer was driving but failed. The high-speed chase continued for about 10 miles. That's when state troopers again rammed her vehicle and stopped it, according to the GBI.

That’s when gunfire erupted.

“Two Crisp County deputies approached the vehicle and at least one shot was fired at the deputies from inside Lewis-Pelzer’s vehicle. The two deputies returned fire, striking her. One of the deputies on scene was medically trained and rendered aid until EMS arrived,” the news release said.

Lewis-Pelzer was airlifted to Navicent Health Center in Macon where she is in serious but stable condition. No officers were injured in the incident, according to the GBI.

Conyers police told WSB-TV that they are also looking into whether Lewis-Pelzer is responsible for the murder of her a former partner who went missing seven years ago.

Shawndell McLeod disappeared in 2011. Her car was found abandoned several days later about 40 miles from her Atlanta home. DeKalb County Police Det. Henry Guest quickly zeroed in on Lewis-Pelzer as a suspect, according to True Crime Daily.

Two Unnamed Women - Guatemala (2019)

Two unnamed women were murdered in Jelapa, Guatemala in April 2019.

From El Espanol:

Two women killed in Guatemala "for lesbians"
Their bodies were found Monday night with a message saying "por panochas".April 24, 2019 07:30

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Guatemala condemned on Wednesday the murder of two women in the municipality of Jalapa, 99 kilometers east of the capital, on which there was a message "lesbophobic."

The source indicated in its social networks that it is "two lesbian women in Jalapa" and demanded the "right to a life free of violence" for the LGBTIQ population (Lesbians, Gais, Bisexuals, Transsexuals, Intersex and Queer).

According to the director of Auxil·les of the Guatemalan Human Rights Ombudsman (PDH), Miguel Colop, the victims were murdered on Monday night and found with a message that read: "Por panochas".

Colop told Efe that one of the bodies was identified by his relatives and said that the Attorney General's Office will be presented this Wednesday before the National Institute of Forensic Sciences to follow up on the case , which is already being investigated by the Police.

For his part, the head of the Human Rights Ombudsman, Jordán Rodas, strongly condemned these murders and sent his solidarity and condolences to the relatives and friends of the victims, as well as to the entire LGBTIQ community.

In addition , he demanded that the authorities investigate this fact and bring the perpetrators and intellectuals before the courts , and reiterated to the authorities that it is urgent to implement measures to promote respect for the LGBTIQ population, prevent homophobic attitudes and speeches and murders " motivated by hatred. "

The LGBTIQ rights organization Red Nacional Lambda published a statement in which it affirmed that both lesbian women were "killed with extreme violence" and that their bodies were tied up.

In addition, the Oenegé Visibles also condemned the murder, denounced the continuity of the acts of "violence for prejudice" and demanded that the authorities investigate what happened.

Visibles added in a message posted on his Twitter account that, taking into account this case, three lesbian women have been murdered in the municipality of Jalapa in the last seven months .

During the first quarter of 2019, a total of 1,183 people were killed in Guatemala according to statistics released last April 10 by the National Institute of Forensic Sciences, three more homicides than those identified by the entity in the same period last year.

Of the total number of victims of violence in the Central American country in the first three months of the year, 177 were women.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Lyra McKee (2019)

Lyra McKee was murdered in Londonderry, Northern Ireland in April 2019.

From CNN:

In 2016, Lyra McKee was named as one of Forbes Magazine's 30 under 30.
Lyra McKee
Two teenagers arrested in the killing of journalist Lyra McKee

Londonderry/Derry, Northern Ireland (CNN)Northern Ireland police have arrested two teenagers in connection with the murder of 29-year-old investigative journalist Lyra McKee, authorities said Saturday.

The men, aged 18 and 19, were arrested under the terrorism act, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) tweeted. They have been taken to a police station in central Belfast.

Police are investigating whether they acted with others.

McKee, a prominent freelance journalist who wrote for publications including The Atlantic and Buzzfeed News, was killed in the Creggan area of Londonderry, also known as Derry, on Thursday night in what police described as a "terrorist incident."

Police said the shooting was carried out by dissident republicans, namely the New IRA.

"I believe both of those [arrested suspects] are members of the new IRA and I believe both were involved in the attack on Lyra," Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy said at a press conference Saturday as he appealed for eye witnesses to come forward.

"Lyra was killed by shots that were fired indiscriminately," he said. "The gunman showed no thought for who may have been killed or injured when he fired these shots.

"I know there will be some people who know what happened but are scared to come forward. I want to reassure you that we will work with you sensitively."

The PSNI released CCTV footage of the shooting in the hope that members of the public would provide information to assist the investigation into McKee's murder.The footage apparently captures McKee's final moments at around 10 p.m. local time (5p ET) on Thursday, when she stood among a crowd and raised her phone in the air to capture the rioting taking place in front of her.

McKee was standing close to a police vehicle when she was wounded by the shots fired by a single gunman. She died soon after from her injuries, assistant chief constable Mark Hamilton told reporters Friday.

"I cannot stress enough how important it is that people who were in the area last night and who recorded video and took photos share what they have with us," Murphy said in a statement on Friday.

"People saw the gunman and people saw those who goaded young people out onto the streets, people know who they are. The answers to what happened last night lie within the community. I am asking people to do the right thing for Lyra McKee, for her family and for the city... help us stop this madness."

'Single barbaric act'

McKee, who was born in Belfast, is the first journalist to be killed in the United Kingdom since 2001, according to nonprofit organization the Committee to Protect Journalists.

During a vigil on Friday, her partner, Sara Canning, said McKee's "amazing potential was snuffed out by this single barbaric act."

"Victims and LGBTQIA community are left without a tireless advocate and activist and it has left me without the love of my life, the woman I was planning to grow old with," she added.

My friend Lyra McKee lost her life seeking the truth

"This cannot stand. Lyra's death must not be in vain because her life was a shining light in everyone else's life and her legacy will live on and the life that she has left behind."

In a rare joint appearance Friday, Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster and Irish republican Sinn Fein party leader Mary Lou McDonald condemned the killing.

Thursday night's violence came ahead of Easter weekend, during which some republicans mark the anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, considered one of the most important events in the struggle for Irish independence from Britain.

Trouble flared when police entered the Creggan area in Londonderry to carry out searches among dissident republicans who were storing firearms and explosives for a number of planned attacks over Easter weekend, police said in a statement.

As the searches began, a crowd gathered and "upwards of 50 petrol bombs were thrown at officers," the statement said. Two vehicles were hijacked and set on fire, it added.

A recent spate of unrest in Northern Ireland has raised fears that sectarian violence might be revived amid ongoing concerns over the effects of Brexit.

In January, a car bomb was detonated in Londonderry in a suspected attack by the New IRA.

Many fear that Britain's departure from the European Union will mean the reintroduction of border posts on the frontier between Northern Ireland, part of the UK, and the Republic of Ireland, a European Union member.

Border infrastructure was often targeted by Irish republican paramilitaries during the "Troubles," the decades-long sectarian conflict in which more than 3,500 people died.

Nic Robertson and Peter Taggart reported from Northern Ireland. Tara John reported and wrote from London.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Salina “Salamander” Rivera (2019)

Salina “Salamander” Rivera was murdered in Hyattsville, Maryland, USA in March 2019.

Salina "Salamander" Rivera

From the Washington Blade:

March 19, 2019 at 9:03 am EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Md. man arrested for murder of lesbian DJ

A 21-year-old Aberdeen, Md., man was being held without bond this week after being charged on March 15 with the murder of lesbian DJ Salina “Salamander” Rivera, 27, who was found shot to death three days earlier outside her residence in Hyattsville.

Prince George’s County Police said they have charged Alexander Maskiewicz of the 4000 block of Ventura Way in Aberdeen with first-degree murder in connection with Rivera’s death.

“On March 12, at approximately 7:55 p.m., patrol officers with the Hyattsville City Police Department were called to the 6200 block of Belcrest Road for a reported shooting,” a statement by P.G. County Police says. “When they arrived, officers discovered Rivera in a walkway suffering from a gunshot wound. She was pronounced dead at the scene,” the statement says.

“The preliminary investigation reveals the suspect shot the victim while attempting to rob her during an illegal drug transaction,” the statement adds. It provides no further details about the drug transaction.

P.G. Police officials said the investigation into the fatal shooting continues and that anyone with information relevant to the case should call detectives at 301-772-4925.

Rivera went by the nickname Salamander, which she used and was best known for in her work as a DJ in D.C.-area nightclubs and dance events. She had been scheduled to work as a DJ at the U Street Music Hall in D.C. on March 14, two days after her death.

She announced on her Facebook page that she was scheduled to serve as a DJ in June at an event associated with D.C.’s Capital Pride.

Fox 5 News interviewed a woman who identified herself as Rivera’s girlfriend who asked not to be identified or have her face shown on camera.

“She was beautiful and soft and kind hearted and strong and just and fair and understanding and all she ever wanted was peace,” the girlfriend told Fox 5 News in describing Rivera.

In a posting on a GoFundMe page set up by family members to help pay for funeral arrangements, Rivera’s sister, Sabrina Rivera, said friends and family members were devastated over Salina Rivera’s sudden loss.

“For those who did not have the privilege of knowing my sister, she could light up any room,” Sabrina Rivera said in her post. “She was the most down-to-earth human being. She was generous and fair, a true Libra as she would say,” Sabrina Rivera wrote.

“We are completely devastated that [allegedly] someone so close to her would end up destroying her,” Sabrina Rivera continued. “Salina was the thread that held our family together and truly the best sister that I could ever have been blessed with. We need to honor her life.”

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Brenda Lorena Alvarado Montoya (2019)

Brenda Lorena Alvarado Montoya was murdered in Tegucigalpa, Honduras in March 2019.
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Brenda Lorena Alvarado Montoya

Summarized and Excerpted from La Prensa:

Female Taxi Driver Found Dead on Road to Olancho

It was reported that the woman was strangled, because the body had no other visible wounds

March 2, 2019 / 10:00 p.m.

At 7 a.m. yesterday, police were notified that there was a body of a woman on the side of the road.

The woman was identified as Brenda Lorena Alvarado Montoya, 31, who had worked for several years as a taxi driver in the Villa Nueva neighborhood of Tugucigalpa.

Relatives who came to the morgue to claim the body commented that Brenda was a lesbian and that she lived with another woman who was her partner.