Local Transgender Activist Viccky Gutierrez’s House Fire Death Under Investigation

(Photo: Viccky Gutierrez)

Transgender acitivst Viccky Gutierrez was killed in what authorities are calling a suspicious Pico-Union area house explosion, and investigators are trying to figure out if it was an accident or a murder, reports ABC 7 Eyewitness News.

Wednesday evening, Bamby Salcedo, President & CEO of TransLatin@ Coalition, announced in a Facebook post the death of Viccky Gutierrez: “It is with deep sadness, rage and pain that I have to share with all of you that one of our sisters was brutally murdered in #southlosangeles last night,” reported The Huffington Post.

Viccky was a young trans Latina woman from Honduras, and a member of TransLatin@ Coalition’s Los Angeles organization. She often joined the team for their daily lunches, provided for free to anyone in need. Friends refer to her as “the nicest girl in the world,” whose “smile would give anyone comfort,” and “an inspiration for many of us.”

According to media reports LAPD’s West Bureau Division and Los Angeles Fire Department responded early Wednesday morning to a fire in a multi-unit house in the Pico Union district. “One person was found dead inside and officials believe the death may be suspicious,” KTLA reported. “No further details on why the death was suspicious were given.”

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