The brutal Aug. 1 murder of Camila “Rodrigo” Guzman shocked the entire LGBT community. Now, DNAinfo an arrest has finally been made.
Equan Southall, 25, from Brooklyn, was arrested for brutally stabbing Guzman in her apartment at 170 E. 110th St. Police say the two had been in a relationship for months.
Guzman moved to New York from Chile nine years ago to live openly as a transgender woman.
Guzman, who police said was in her 40s, moved to New York from Chile nine years ago to live openly as a transgender woman, friends and community activists said.
“She came to the United States and she was herself. She lived her dreams,” said M. Dru Levasseur, transgender rights attorney for Lambda Legal at a vigil for Guzman where she was memorialized by friends and LGBT activists outside of her home last Thursday. “And she should not have been killed for that.”
Police have not yet determined a motive for the killing.
Update: The Village Voice reports that Southall will be appearing in New York Criminal Court on Monday, August 22nd.