Miami police have charged 27-year-old Ygor Arrudasouza with murder after he allegedly stabbed his wife to death.
His wife, Yunieski Carey Herrera, was a well-known transwoman in South Florida.
This week, Yunieski Carey Herrera, 39, a Cuba-born salsa dancer, performer and contestant in numerous beauty pageants, became at least the 37th transgender woman to die from violence this year in the United States, according to the Human Rights Watch.
Herrera’s husband, Ygor Arrudasouza, is charged with one count of second-degree murder.
According to WPLG, citing an arrest report, Arrudasouza allegedly confessed to the crime, telling investigators he was under the influence of crystal meth when he fatally stabbed Herrera in a jealous rage using a fork and knife.
Her body was found inside her 19th-floor condo in Miami on Tuesday.
Herrera was also a model whose professional name was Yuni Carey.
The station reports that Arrudasouza called 911 to their condo early on Tuesday morning. He allegedly told responding officers meth had ruined his life — and that he had stabbed his wife to death inside their apartment, according to the arrest report.
Arrudasouza allegedly said the couple had been arguing when Herrera told him “she had a better man” than him. WPLG’s report indicates police say he told them he retrieved a knife and fork from the kitchen, then found Herrera on their bed. He allegedly pushed her onto the floor, and starting stabbing her.
Citing the arrest report, WPLG states that Arrudasouza told police he “stabbed her multiple times until he realized what he had done.” He also allegedly said he “deserves the punishment that comes to him.”
Arrudasouza is being held without bond, and has yet to plead to the charge.
The name of his court-appointed counsel was unavailable at press time.
Raul Griffith, a friend of Herrera’s said she was loved and admired in the local LGBTQ community.
“Besides being strikingly beautiful, she was kind and she was good and she cared as much about others as she would about herself,” Griffith said, adding, “She was a very special person for many people.”
The Human Rights Campaign has officially recorded more violent deaths of transgender and gender non-conforming people this year than any year since they began tracking this violence in 2013.
“The loss of any transgender or gender non-conforming person is a tragedy, and Yuni’s death is no exception. The fact that she was killed during Transgender Awareness Week only makes this loss hurt more,” said HRC Director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative Tori Cooper. “Yuni’s life was taken by a man who identified as her husband. If we cannot trust the people that we know, who can we trust? It’s critical that everyone — allies, friends, family, community organizers and elected officials — take action to end this violence and protect trans and gender non-conforming people. We must stop the stigma that the trans and gender non-conforming community so often faces. This violence must end.”
Indeed. This violence must end. RIP Yuni.