Trans woman Andrea Quintero was homeless and living on the streets in Italy when she was savagely beaten to death near Termini Station in Rome. Prior to being beaten to death, Quintero had encountered numerous assaults that resulted in her being partially paralyzed and walking with a limp.
Following her death, the family of Quintero never claimed her body, so no burial or funeral was ever held. It’s now being reported that Jesuit group Centro Astalli organized a funeral that was held at Church of Gesú, the mother church of the Jesuit order that Pope Francis belongs to.
Fr. Giovanni La Manna, Jesuit director for Centro Astalli, said that not only was the funeral held to honor Quintero’s life, but it was also, “a signal for the entire Roman community that’s distracted in the face so many people who face discrimination, and who live their difficulties to the indifference of our city.”
Just one week before her death, Quintero gave an interview to Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera about the struggles she faced as a trans woman living on the streets in Italy. Quintero had fled to Italy from her native Colombia to have a better life, but she wound up living a life of homelessness. During the interview, 28-year-old Quintero said she had many hopes for her life and dreamed that she would “meet a guy with money who'll get me out of this ugly life."
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Police are still searching for the person responsible for murdering Quintero.