A Miami man confessed to killing his wife, a prominent transgender activist, in a jealous rage, according to police.
On Tuesday, at around 4:25 a.m., 27-year-old Ygor Arrudasouza called 911 stating that he had stabbed Yunieski “Yuni” Carey, a 39-year-old Cuban-born performer, inside the couple’s high-rise apartment in downtown Miami.
When officers arrived at the scene, they found the victim unresponsive and covered in blood from stab wounds.
Arrudasouza, a dancer of Brazilian descent, told investigators that he was under the influence of methamphetamines at the time of the incident.
Miami police said the two had been involved in an argument that became physical.
According to NBC Miami, Arrudasouza said he got angry when she told him that she “had a better man than him.”
He was arrested and booked at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday for second-degree murder with a weapon and aggravated battery.
Miami Fire Rescue personnel pronounced Carey dead at 4:38 a.m., local ABC-affiliateWPLG-TV reported.
On Wednesday, the suspect appeared in Miami-Dade County court, crying before the judge. He is currently being held without bail at a Miami jail.
Carey’s death comes during Transgender Awareness Week — and just a few days before Transgender Remembrance Day, an annual observance on Nov. 20 to honour the memory of trans people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence, according to GLAAD.
She is the 37th transgender person killed in the U.S. in 2020 — 10 more than the total number of killings in 2019.
Nearly all of them have been transgender women of colour.