Amanda, Rest In Peace!
Transgender woman Edelbuerto Gonzalez-Andujar found dead, naked in ransacked apartment
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS
Wednesday, March 31st 2010, 4:00 AM
A transgender woman was found dead in her ransacked Queens apartment on Tuesday, her naked body sprawled across the bed, police said.
Edelbuerto Gonzalez-Andujar, 29, who lived as a woman and went by the name Amanda, had not been heard from since Friday.
Her friends got her landlord to let them into her Glendale apartment around 4 p.m. Tuesday.
"We found her on her bed. She was naked," said Barbara Vega, 35, of Bushwick, Brooklyn. "Everything in the apartment was destroyed. All her Marilyn Monroe pictures were destroyed."
Police said the medical examiner will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death. Vega, who believes Gonzalez-Andujar was slain, said she had tried in vain to reach her friend since spending time with her on Friday.
"She never had any problems with anybody. She was full of life," she said. "We need to know who did this to her."
Gonzalez-Andujar's friends wailed as her body, covered in a black plastic bag, was taken out of the 62nd St. building yesterday.
Stephanie Lopez, 19, said she was returning home from school when she saw one of the "hysterical" friends lunge for the gurney that carried Gonzalez-Andujar's body.
Lopez recalled that another woman screamed: "No! Why, Amanda? Why?"
Lopez said detectives asked her whether she had heard sounds of a struggle or screams coming from Gonzalez-Andujar's first-floor apartment on Saturday.
Vega said Gonzalez-Andujar's laptop was missing from the apartment.
She said cops told her they were analyzing surveillance video taken from inside the building showing a man whose face was difficult to make out.
"We need to know who did this to her," Vega said, recalling a vacation to Jamaica the two had taken in happier times.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Posted by De Sube at 3/31/2010 07:04:00 AM