A cruelly was murdered a trans teen – Kedarie. A 23-year-old has been found guilty of killing a genderfluid teenager in a brutal, premeditated attack. Jorge “Lumni” Sanders-Galvez kidnapped, suffocated and murdered 16-year-old Kedarie Johnson after he and his cousin discovered that the teenager was non-binary.
He will be sentenced next month, but faces mandatory life in prison without the possibility of parole. His cousin, Jaron Purham, is in the process of being tried separately for the same crime of first-degree murder. Kedarie, who did not identify as trans, enjoyed dressing in women’s clothes and sometimes went by the name Kandicee.
They were found dead in an alley last year, with two bullet holes in their chest and a garbage bag wrapped around their head. Bleach had been poured on the teen’s body in an attempt to destroy the evidence, investigators said. Civil rights attorney Christopher J. Perras, parachuted in by the government to help with the investigation, said Sanders-Galvez and Purham had thought Kedarie was an attractive girl.
During a sexual encounter, they discovered Kedarie was biologically male, the prosecutor said. The court heard that the men became “enraged,” stuffing a plastic bag down Kedarie’s throat and tightly covering their mouth with a ripped T-shirt. The cousins then shot Kedarie to death and dumped their body in the alley, the court was told. After the verdict was read out, the victim’s mother, Katrina Johnson, brought her hands to her face and cried silently, according to The Des Moines Register.