Mystery Surrounds Death of Young Trans Activist in Calif.

By Neal Broverman

Originally published on Advocate.com June 15 2014 4:16 PM ET

Police have not yet concluded what killed Zoraida "Ale" Reyes, a transgender woman active in Orange County LGBT and immigrant causes. 

An inconclusive autopsy did not reveal how Reyes died and ended up behind a Dairy Queen in Anaheim, but Orange County officials are performing a toxicology report to find out more. Reyes's mother, Macrina Reyes, addressed a crowd of 120 friends and supporters of her daughter on Friday. The group, holding trans-supportive signs, then marched through downtown Santa Ana, Calif. 

“My friend had to die in order for us to come together,” Zoraida's friend Alexa Vasquez told the crowd. “When I see you guys marching, I wish that I saw my friend walking with you.

Reyes, known as shy and quiet, was a regular fixture at transgender- and immigrant-supportive groups, most recently participating in a May 27 protest against Santa Ana's dealings with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Read more here.