NCAVP mourns the death of Carlos “Carlitos” Algenis Jimenez, a 26-year-old Latinx queer man who was murdered in the Bronx on September 27. Carlos was in the home of Juan Alonso, a man he had met over a dating app who, after a dispute over sex acts, attacked him with a machete.
Carlos had been missing for 22 days before authorities brought news of his death to his family. The last person to see him was a close family friend, Martha Agurto, who built Carlos a memorial when she heard news of his passing. “I was like his aunt … his friends have been coming by my building to the altar to pay their respects.”
His family has set up a GoFundMe to raise money for funeral expenses, where several loved ones are leaving comments of support and well wishes. “Carlitos was a happy person and loved by everyone who knew him, a good, noble person from good heart incapable of harm or hurt anyone,” writes his longtime friend Roqueline Rodriguez. The fundraiser hopes to cover costs to send Carlos’ body to the Dominican Republic, where most of his family resides. Carlos was living with his father in Jersey City.
“He was full of joy, funny jokes, always laughing. he had such an amazing vibe,” writes one supporter. “Carlitos was a beautiful person. He will be missed.” writes another.
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.