The Mexican Attorney General is considering the investigation of Torres’ murder as a hate crime, according to the newspaper El Universal.
She was last seen on Friday night when she left her home to attend a party in Chipilo, a small town in the state of Puebla. She was found clothed only in underwear, a blouse with suspenders and a brown jacket on Saturday in a ditch outside the city of Puebla. Her throat had been slashed and there were several burn marks across her body, reported the LA Times.
Torres, a 28 year-old psychologist and educator, is remembered as an activist and ardent defender of human rights in Mexico’s LBGT community.
The death is the sixth LGBT hate crime since January in Puebla.
“It’s the sixth crime this year against members of the LGBT community and none of them have been resolved,” said Brahim Zamora, a representative of the organization “Democracia y Sexualidad” (Demysex) to CNN Mexico.
José Ángel Aguilar Gil, national coordinator of Demysex told CNN Mexico that he believes Torres’ case is another homophobic crime.