Angie Zapata (5 August 1989 – 17 July 2008) was an American trans woman beaten to death in Greeley, Colorado. Allen Andrade was convicted of first-degree murder and committing a bias-motivated crime, because he killed her after he learned that she was transgender. The case was the first in the nation to get a conviction for a hate crime involving a transgender victim.[1] Angie Zapata's story and murder were featured on Univision's "Aqui y Ahora" television show on November 1, 2009.


Born Justin Brian Zapata on August 5, 1989, in Brighton, Colorado,[2] she adopted the name "Angie" when she was 16 and began living as a woman.[1]

Murder and trialEdit

Zapata was 18 when she met Allen Andrade (age 31 at the time) through the mobile phone social network MocoSpace.[3] According to Andrade, the two met on July 15, 2008, and spent nearly three days together, during which they had a sexual encounter. Prosecutors state that Andrade later discovered that Zapata was transgender and subsequently began beating her—first with his fists and then with a fire extinguisher—until she was dead. In the arrest affidavit, Andrade said he thought he had "killed it" before leaving in Zapata's car with the murder weapon and other incriminating evidence.[4] Andrade was arrested near his residence driving Zapata's car.[5][6]

The possibility of prosecuting the case as a hate crime was pressed by Zapata's family.[7][8][9] The actual trial began on April 16, 2009. During the trial, the jury heard jailhouse conversations in which Andrade told a girlfriend that "gay things must die."[1]

On April 22, 2009, Andrade was found guilty of first degree murder, hate crimes, aggravated motor vehicle theft and identity theft.[10][11] He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.[10] Because Andrade had six prior felony convictions, the judge dubbed him a "habitual criminal" at his May 8, 2009 sentencing trial for the hate crime and theft convictions.[11] This quadrupled his sentence to an additional 60 years.[11]

Legal impact Edit

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Spellman, Jim. "Transgender murder, hate crime conviction a first", CNN, April 22, 2009. 
  2. Asmar, Melanie. "Who was Angie Zapata? Her murderer's trial didn't tell the whole story", Westword, May 28, 2009, p. 4. Retrieved on 2009-07-17. 
  3. Asmar, Melanie. "Who was Angie Zapata? Her murderer's trial didn't tell the whole story", Westword, May 28, 2009, p. 1. Retrieved on 2009-07-17. 
  4. Whaley, Monte. "Transgender victim referred to as "it"", The Denver Post, July 31, 2008. 
  5. Banda, P. Solomon. "Colorado man charged in transgender slaying", USA Today, July 31, 2008. 
  6. Shoetz, David. "Transgender Teen's Murder Suspect Snapped", ABC News, July 31, 2008. 
  7. Staff. "Hundreds mourn slain teen; hate crime suspected", The Denver Post, July 23, 2008. 
  8. Whaley, Monte. "Kin believe transgender teen's killing a hate crime", The Denver Post, July 24, 2008. 
  9. Whaley, Monte. "Transgender teen's murder possibly a hate crime", The Denver Post, July 25, 2008. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 Luning, Ernest. "Andrade sentenced to life without parole in Zapata killing", Colorado Independent, April 22, 2009. Retrieved on 2009-07-18. Archived from the original on 2009-07-18. 
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Asmar, Melanie. "In Zapata case, sixty years added to murderer's life sentence", Westword, May 8, 2009. Retrieved on 2009-07-18. Archived from the original on 2009-07-18. 

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