Vigil Planned for Transgender Activist Found Dead in Anaheim

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Organizers were planning a vigil Friday for a transgender woman whose body was found in a parking lot behind an Anaheim restaurant.


Zoraida “Ale” Reyes, 28, leads a chant at a May 27 protest in Santa Ana. Reyes was found Thursday morning in a brushy area near a lot behind an Anaheim Dairy Queen. (Credit: Hairo Cortes via Los Angeles Times)

Zoraida “Ale” Reyes, 28, of Santa Ana was found Thursday morning in a brushy area near a lot behind the Dairy Queen in the 200 block of North State College Boulevard by a customer who had parked there after ordering food at the drive-thru.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department said an autopsy has been completed, but the cause of death was pending further investigation. Lt. Bob Dunn, a spokesman with the Anaheim Police Department, said there was no evidence or immediate sign of injury that would indicate her death was a homicide.

The vigil is expected to start at 5:30 p.m. at the corner of Fourth Street and French Street followed by a procession to Sasscer Park.

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