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Trans TV Personality Santiago Carbajal Killed in Honduras

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A transgender television personality in Honduras has been shot and killed.

Santiago "Santi" Carbajal was shot Friday in Puerto Cortes and later died at Mario Catarino Rivas Hospital in San Pedro Sula, according to Central American news outlet La Vanguardia.

Carbajal produced and hosted the television show La Galaxia de Santi, where the media personality shared stories of life in the Honduran LGBTQ community. The show also openly criticized local authorities. 

Family for Carbajal told the newspaper the show host was shot and killed by a group of strangers in the Buenos Aires neighborhood.

The La Galaxia de Santi account on Facebook says Carbajal has already gone to a “magical place” and that any news about a funeral will be announced at a later date.

“Thank you all for the support,” a message reads in Spanish.

The Honduran human rights commission said Carbajal is the 78th media personality to die violently in the nation since 2001. The vast majority of those deaths, about 90 percent, have gone unpunished, according to Telesur TV.

Carbajal had announced on Facebook plans to cover an upcoming garden festival in Honduras.

Fans posted a series of messages on social media for Carbajal and the La Galaxia de Santi accounts.

“We are deeply saddened to hear the news and couldn’t believe it, Santi,” Valentina Marqueza Ghisleri wrote in Spanish.

“You're a happy person that wants to share the love and kindness to this world.”

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