Unfinished Lives

Remembering LGBT Hate Crime Victims

Justice Coming for Angie Zapata


Angie Zapata, 18, and alleged murderer, Allen Andrade, courtesy of ABC News

Angie Zapata, 18, and alleged murderer, Allen Andrade, courtesy of ABC News


Denver, CO: Allen Andrade, 32, told investigators that he bashed Angie Zapata in the head twice with a fire extinguisher.  He confessed that he thought he had “killed it” when Zapata roused, and then he clobbered her again, delivering the coup de grace.  That was last July.  Now he is slated to go on trial for bias-motivated murder in Greeley, CO where he carried out the crime because he found out Zapata, an 18-year-old male-to-female transwoman, was biologically male.


Angie Zapata

Angie Zapata


Born Justin Zapata, Angie had been living as a woman since the age of 16.  She had striking beauty, attracting many admirers, though according to her sister, Monica, her loves ended by her boyfriends going back to biological women.  Angie was a gentle, graceful, loving sister, who suspended her life in Fort Lupton, where she was raised, to come to Greeley to help her sister take care of her children.  Monica found Angie’s battered corpse in her apartment, covered in a blanket.  

For two weeks, investigators sought the killer, and finally arrested Andrade on July 30.  He made an initial confession which a judge ruled inadmissible on a technicality.  He has been held in jail without bond since his arrest for the murder.  While behind bars Andrade made recorded phone calls to girlfriend claiming that when he discovered Zapata’s biological status, he “snapped.”  In another conversation, he told his girlfriend that “gay things need to die.”  The phone call transcripts and recordings will be admitted in evidence in the trial.


According to the Associated Press, Andrade is going to be the first person prosecuted for a hate crime under the sexual orientation section of Colorado’s hate crimes law.  Colorado is one of 11 states to have hate crimes enhancements in their statutes.  The comprehensive Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on April 2, 2009, would allow the FBI and other Federal Agencies to investigate such crimes, and to support the local authorities in carrying out their investigations, as well.  Passage of the LLEHCPA remains a critical element of deterring and punishing hate crimes offenders for violence related to sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

While nothing can bring Angie Zapata back to her family, friends and loved ones, justice for her and for all transgender victims of hate crime violence, which has been so long in coming, may finally be on the horizon.  Stay in touch for further developments.

April 17, 2009 - Posted by | Beatings and battery, Bludgeoning, Colorado, Hate Crimes, Latino and Latina Americans, Legislation, Perpetrators of Hate Crime, Slurs and epithets, transgender persons | , , , , , , ,

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