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Watch: Trans Woman Daniela Hernandez Survives Throat Slashing, 16 Stab Wounds

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Thursday October 8, 2020

Daniela Hernandez
Daniela Hernandez  (Source:Screen shot/ABC Eyewitness News 7)

A transgender woman in Los Angeles, Daniela Hernandez, survived an attack that left her with a slashed throat and 16 stab wounds, local ABC affiliate Eyewitness 7 News reports.

The attack occurred at about 9 pm on Oct. 4 as Hernandez was walking through MacArthur Park. The police are now looking for four suspects - three men and a woman - all of whom were armed with knives and joined in on the attack. The attackers hurled homophobic slurs as the assault unfolded, news sources said.

Hernandez is in the hospital with injuries that media sources described as "severe," but she is reportedly in "stable condition."

Friends and supporters gathered at MacArthur Park the following evening in a rally for Hernandez. One attendee, Bamby Salcedo, knows Hernandez from advocacy group [email protected] Coalition, where Salcedo serves as president and Hernandez volunteers.

"She's a very kind individual who is always doing good for people and just for her to be attacked in this way is not fair," Salcedo told the media.

[email protected] Coalition released a statement condemning the attack, which they note is part of a larger pattern of anti-transgender violence. Lethal anti-trans violence has claimed at least 31 victims so far this year, most of them trans women of color, according to the Human Rights Campaign.

Police are treating the attack on Hernandez as a hate crime, Los Angeles CBS affiliate KCAL9 reported.

Watch the Eyewitness 7 News clip below.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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