NCAVP mourns the death of 32-year-old Rebecca Gavilanez Alectus in Brick Township, TX

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NCAVP mourns the death of Rebecca Gavilanez Alectus, a 32-year-old queer Black woman whose life was tragically lost to intimate partner violence in Brick Township, TX on May 17, 2020. According to local reports, Rebecca became the fatal victim of a violent assault after wife, Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus, 48, attacked her.

A friend shared with reporters, “Rebecca… told her coworker that she had feared for her safety in the days before her death after telling her wife she no longer wanted to stay in the relationship, authorities said.”

After being arrested in Houston, TX, Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus faces weapon and murder charges.

We know it can be hard to read these reports of violence against our communities. If you need support in these difficult times, you can always reach out to your local NCAVP member. If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, you can reach our free bilngual national hotline at 212-714-1141 or report online for support.

NCAVP works to prevent, respond to, and end all forms of violence against and within lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and HIV-affected communities. NCAVP is a national coalition of local member programs and affiliate organizations who create systemic and social change. NCAVP is a program of the New York City Anti-Violence Project.