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Suspect arrested in murder of trans Viccky Gutierrez

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The LAPD-FBI Fugitive Task Force arrested 29-year-old Kevyn Ramirez Thursday night as a suspect in the murder of Viccky Gutierrez, a transgender client and friend of the Transgender Latin@ Coalition. The LAPD is still awaiting the coroner’s report before officially identifying Gutierrez, but detectives have changed the status from “suspicious death” to murder and have been in touch with the Gutierrez’s family.

West Bureau Homicide Det. Sharon Kim and investigators acted fast, though exactly what led them to Ramirez has not yet been disclosed.

Jan. 10, around 3:14 am, LAPD officers responded to a radio call about a fight in the 1700 block of South New Hampshire Avenue. The Los Angeles Fire Department had also received a call and arrived before the LAPD. They found heavy flames contained to a single unit on the second floor of a very old two-story, multi-unit residence. They put out the fire in about 45 minutes, after which fire fighters found a dead body that they determined to be a “suspicious death.” West Bureau Homicide investigators were called to investigate.

Late Wednesday, a concerned and pained Bamby Salcedo, founder of TransLatin@ Coalition, announced the death of the group’s “sister,” Viccky Gutierrez.

Salcedo has also set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to fly Gutierrez’s body back to Honduras and help the family with funeral services.