Boyfriend Arrested in Murder of Transgender Woman in New York

Boyfriend Arrested in Murder of Transgender Woman in New York

Equan Southall was arrested last week in connection with the murder of his girlfriend Camila Guzman, a transgender woman found stabbed to death in her East Harlem apartment earlier this month.

 DNAinfo reports on the arrest of Southall, a 25-year-old man from Brooklyn who had been in a relationship with Guzman for four months. The victim was found dead August 1 with multiple stab wounds to her back.

“The suspect had five prior arrests, including grand larceny and possession of a concealed weapon, officials said,” according to DNAinfo.

 El Diario La Prensa, the Spanish-language daily in New York, reports that Southall walked into the 23rd precinct in East Harlem last Tuesday and confessed to the killing. Police would not comment on a motive for the crime, but friends described an abusive relationship in which Southall stole items from Guzman.

Southall is charged with second-degree murder with a maximum of 25 years in prison. He was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court Wednesday.

Guzman, who was 38, came to New York from Chile nearly a decade ago seeking the opportunity to live openly as a transgender woman. Friends and advocates memorialized her and called for justice during a vigil August 11 in East Harlem.

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