Mateo López, one of the leaders of the LGTBI community in the municipality of Circasia in the Quindío department in western Colombia, was shot while attending a community dinner on one of the local soccer fields.
“Today we regret the murder of our transgender colleague, the leader of the LGTBI community,” said Sandra Martínez, a spokeswoman for the group in the region.
Martinez, in turn, has condemned not only the acts of violence and murders that go unpunished against the LGTBI community, but also the lack of opportunities because “doors are not opened but closed,” he complained.
“We are very sad about the murder of Mateo,” said Martínez, who announced that the LGTBI population plans to keep a track in Armenia, the capital of Quindío, to protest the violence of the group.
López’s death occurred days after the LGTBI community denounced on the Caracol radio microphones the constant threats faced by members of this group and their representatives in some Quindío communities, such as Calarcá, Armenia. or genoa.