Family and friends recognized an individual who was discovered lifeless on the facet of Mulholland Freeway as Day Rodas, a 27-year-old transgender lady who labored and advocated for LGBTQ well being and rights.
Rodas’ physique was discovered Thursday morning within the 33000 block of Mulholland Freeway — a rural two-lane freeway with few buildings close by — and authorities have launched few particulars across the circumstances of her demise. Officers launched no further info, resembling whether or not there’s a potential suspect in her demise or a automobile she drove to the spot the place she was discovered.
Her physique was discovered about 7:45 a.m., and firefighters tried to deal with her, however she was pronounced lifeless on the scene.
In a assertion, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Division stated her physique confirmed no apparent indicators of trauma. Coroner officers haven’t launched a reason behind demise. The case is being dealt with by sheriff’s division murder investigators.
Family and friends stated they have been nonetheless in search of solutions about what occurred to Rodas, and that they have been devastated by her demise.
“She was only a very accepting individual,” stated Steve Lopez, a pal.
Rodas had begun her transition earlier this yr and, about six months in the past, advised these round her she recognized as a lady.
“She lately began residing her life authentically as she got here out to family and friends about being a trans lady,” her household wrote in a GoFundMe hoping to boost cash for funeral prices. “After being afraid for 27 years, she solely obtained to reside freely with out worry for less than six months, which breaks our hearts.”
Rodas additionally labored with the Los Angeles LGBT Middle in its neighborhood well being program.
“Day was an important member of the Middle, working inside our Neighborhood Well being Program, and she or he labored devotedly throughout her tenure to maintain LGBTQ+ folks educated, knowledgeable and secure,” stated Joe Hollendoner, CEO of the middle, in a assertion.
Hollendoner famous that hate crimes and hateful rhetoric towards transgender persons are on the rise. He additionally criticized legislation enforcement and native media for misgendering Rodas when her physique was discovered. When her physique was found Thursday, sheriff officers stated the physique a lady’s. Hours later, the division issued an up to date information launch and stated the physique was a person’s.
Household and mates stated Day had suffered disrespect when she started to establish as a transgender lady and adopted the title Day.
“Shortly after becoming a member of our group, Day introduced that she recognized as a transgender lady,” Hollendoner stated within the assertion. “Her colleagues and household alike have expressed that Day appeared like she was starting a brand new chapter — one the place she may lastly be her genuine self. To have her life reduce brief on this second — and beneath such troubling circumstances — makes her loss all of the extra heartbreaking.”