Story By: Ana Marjanovic, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Newsflash
This Colombian trans woman and Amsterdam sex worker has been found dead in a pool of blood in a Dutch hotel, and her partner has been arrested as the main suspect in her death.
Briza Garces Florez, 40, was found dead in her room at the Van der Valk Hotel in the Dutch municipality of Wassenaar on 3rd January.
According to reports, hotel staff found the trans sex worker in the first-floor room, which was covered in her blood.
Earlier that day, the suspect had reportedly booked the room for an extra day before fleeing the scene.
The 32-year-old man was arrested later that day on the grounds of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
The police said the suspect is the victim’s partner.
A hotel guest had previously heard the couple arguing in the car park on New Year’s Day, adding: “The man was a big guy and the woman was a bit smaller. I saw them chasing each other and he hit her. It was bizarre.”
A spokesperson for Trans United Europe said they are “in shock” at the Colombian trans woman’s death, adding: “We demand justice for Briza.”
The group included the hashtag ‘Say her name’ and wrote “Always in our hearts”.
The victim had reportedly lived in the Netherlands for 20 years. A friend in Amsterdam told local media: “It was her decision to work in prostitution to help her family and to indulge herself. She was very nice and sociable, and kept away from bad people.”
Another friend has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help pay for the victim’s funeral because “her next of kin does not have the financial means to arrange a dignified farewell”.
The investigation into her untimely demise is ongoing,