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Life Sentence For Killer of Angela Zapata, Transgendered Teen

For the first time in US history, the hate-crime statute has been used in the death of a transgender person. Yesterday a jury found Allen Andrade guilty of first-degree murder and a hate crime after he beat to death Angela Zapata, an 18-year-old transgender woman, with his fists and a fire extinguisher.

Taped conversations between Andrade and two of his girlfriends were played as evidence of his motive. On the tapes he justifies his behavior, saying it wasn't like he "killed a straight, law-abiding citizen." He also called Angela an "it."

Angela wasn't an "it" but rather a person whose gender identity (self-identification as woman, man, or neither) didn't match her assigned sex (identification by others as male or female based on physical/genetic sex).

Andrade's lawyers argued that he snapped after discovering Angela, whom he met on the Internet, was born a male; prosecutors alleged that he did it out of his dislike for gay and transgendered people. Still other testimony suggests that Andrade was confused about his own sexuality, having met Angela on MocoSpace, where he had also visited a bisexual chat room. Some witnesses say that Angela had a deep, male voice, and that Andrade's claim he had no idea Angela was transgendered was unbelievable.

Angela's brother spoke after the verdict saying: "The message was sent loud and clear that crimes targeting LGBT people will not be tolerated in Colorado." To see video of Angela's amazingly strong family remembering her,

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hartsfull hartsfull 8 years
I'm glad the guy is being put away. While I do understand the point others have made about calling it a hate crime as opposed to a crime. Seeming that being a hate crime implies hate in front is worse than any other murder. But, I think that most hate crimes were accomplished in horrific manners. Like this persons life wasn't ended quickly and painlessly it was very painful, torturous and drawn out. If it was a rape and then murder it would have been a harsher sentence because of not only two horrible things but the amount of suffering I think that the victim goes through. So when it's a hate crime it seems the victim goes through more suffering (as far as I know, I'm totally theorizing here) than someone coming up and ending their life quickly or less traumatically. Just IMHO. :) Or pondering. :shrug:
fcseamstress fcseamstress 8 years
Lock him up and throw away the key. Sadly enough, many people in Greeley feel very strongly (mostly negative) about the GLBT community and it is VERY disheartening, especially since this is my hometown. Seems the only time Greeley makes headlines is for bad stuff like this, ICE raids and drug/gang problems (hence why I moved). I agree with the hate crime conviction. Yes, it is a blurry line between regular crimes and hate crimes, but there are some definite differences between the two. Andrade would not have killed Zapata had she been a biological female. Andrade also had the choice upon finding out Zapata was a biological male to WALK OUT OF HER APARTMENT. He didn't have to beat her to death with a freakin' fire extinguisher. But he felt he was shamed for being attracted to a biological male (even though he was obviously unsure of his own sexuality) and therefore felt the need to punish Zapata in the most brutal way he could find. No, what Andrade did was most definitely motivated out of hate for Zapata and repulsion for his feelings for her. The thing that gets me most about this case is I know firsthand how hard it is in that town (and many like it across the US) to have any kind of alternative sexual view. I hope to see Zapata's family becomes more active in speaking out for the GLBT community in Greeley. And just so you all know, the rest of northern Colorado doesn't feel the same about the GLBT community; in most cities they are accepted with open arms.
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
I am glad he has the life sentence. I am not too sure about hate crimes but I do understand the thought process behind it. If you kill someone because they cheated on you, you will probably not try to do it to someone who doesn't. However, if you kill someone for being black or transgendered, how can they stop that? How can other people avoid being black or transgendered around you. It makes you a bigger threat to the public.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
Sound like this may have been a self hate crime. I think murder is murder and if it was premeditated and the victim did nothing to provoke the murder then it's 1st degree murder. Everyone's life is valuable putting special circumstances around certain groups based, on race, sex etc for murder seems overkill to me.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i think that the right verdict was reached. you can't commit crimes because you don't agree with someone's choice. it's a shame - this teen was going through enough in her life and to have this happen - when she was just trying to find happiness is a tragedy. i hope that this is set as a precedent for so many others - showing that there are rights that EVERYONE has
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I'm so glad he is where he deserves to be-jail.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Delete that last parenthesis. :oops:
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I'm glad to see that he was convicted of murder, but not of the hate crime. If people can be convicted for hate crimes, hate of the transgendered is as strong a hate as many. However, I don't think hate crimes convictions should even exist. It's punishing people for their thoughts and that's wrong. (Meaning, if he had murdered her, he would have gotten one sentence, but because he murdered her and hated the transgendered, he got a harsher sentence. Therefore, his thoughts (his hatred for the transgendered) are why he is receiving the harsher punishment.)
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
I'm glad to see this too! I do see how the hate-crime line is blurry. Because on one side, I would consider a hate-crime if someone was killed not because they were Jane Doe but because they were "a black person" or "a transgendered person"; where them merely existing pisses someone off. Although traditional murders are motivated by hate, it is usually because Jane Doe did something to the killer directly to cause the anger. However, there are many rape and killings to women just because they are simply women. But those often aren't motivated by hate per se. So i guess it is a blurry line and in this case, if the victim wasn't transgendered they would still be alive, however, the killer wasn't going around killing every transgendered he saw. This case definitely was personal. Either way, I am sad to see someone killed over an identity crisis and am glad the killer got what he deserved.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I dont like the Hate Crime laws, it implies that other crimes arent motivated by hate? or that the crime that took place was in some way more hateful than normal? Its a crime , plain and simple and we shouldnt be catagorizing crimes based on the person being black, homosexual, transgendered or otherwise.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Yes, I think justice has been served.
Midnight-Harlow Midnight-Harlow 8 years
I watched the trail on Court TV and it was a sad tale around. Between Angie's family and Andrade's family I hope he realizes how much pain he has caused to both sides. And I am sure he will have plenty of time to think about it as he spends the rest of his life his prison. And I am sure he will have a lot of explaining to do to his fellow gang members trying to explain how so much of his dna got on that adult toy.
b1uebunn b1uebunn 8 years
I am so glad the hate crime law was used. This woman would still be alive if she hadn't been transgendered.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
This murderer got exactly what he deserves, including the hate crime enhancement. While any crime, especially murder, is heinous to commit against any individual, murdering because of someone's race/gender/sexuality is despicable and clearly senseless - especially with the terrible means he used to end her life. Our laws should a clear message that that kind of ignorance and hatefulness that infringes upon the lives of others because of something they cannot change [which, I know for sexuality is still debated - though they've now included it as qualifying for hate crime status with this case - but is definitely true for race and biological sex genders] will not be tolerated under any circumstance. It's *very* difficult to prove that a particular crime rises especially to the level of a hate crime in the first, but when someone is convicted with that enhancement, it's a big deal.
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 8 years
i have no problem with him getting a harsh sentence as he did, or even if his sentence was worse, but, like mamasita, i don't believe that this was a 'hate crime,' the murderer didn't go out looking for a minority individual to kill.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
I am so happy a murderer is in jail for what they did. however, I still don't agree with the whole "hate crime" thing..... aren't murders/rapes/assaults/etc. hateful enough?
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I'm so glad that the law is finally starting to recognize that sexuality should be protected in the same ways that race or religion has been.
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