Police Investigate Mysterious Death of Calif. Trans Activist
Authorities are investigating the death of a transgender activist, whose body was found behind a Dairy Queen on June 12 in Anaheim, Calif., the Los Angeles Times reports.
Police are calling the death of Zoraida "Ale" Reyes as suspicious but say there were no immediate signs of foul play. According to the Orange County Sherriff’s Department, an autopsy has been completed but there is no cause of death due to the pending investigation.
Lt. Bob Dunn, a spokesman for the Anaheim Police Department, says a toxicology report could take weeks to be completed. Investigators hope it will help identify the cause of death.
A crowd of about 120 gathered to honor Reyes, 28, Friday evening where Marcina Reyes, the activist’s mother, said they were like her daughter’s family. Some people held signs that read, "Trans lives matter" and "Love and respect our transgender community."
"I didn’t know the family my daughter had, but I thank you," Macrina Reyes said in Spanish, according to the L.A. Times. "I know she’s here uniting us."