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Two guilty of murder in death of transgender teen

A jury convicted two men of murder on Monday but deadlocked on the fate of a third man in the retrial of three defendants charged with killing a 17-year-old transgender teenager in October 2002.


The two – Michael W. Magidson and Jose A. Merel, both 25 – were found guilty of second-degree murder for the death of Gwen Araujo, who was born as a male named Eddie Araujo Jr., but who frequently wore women’s clothing and lived as a woman.


This NY Times refers to the murder victim throughout the article as “she.” This is as it should be. Because that’s who she was.

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