Husband confessed he killed transgender model and dancer in Miami

The victim, Yunieski Carey Herrera, was a Cuban-born model and dancer known as “Yuni.”


06:57 PM / 18/11/2020

A transgender woman of Hispanic origin who participated in several beauty pageants was stabbed to death “out of jealousy” in the American city of Miami, at the hands of her husband, who confessed to the crime, according to the police authorities in charge of the case.

The victim, Yunieski Carey Herrera, was a Cuban-born model and dancer known as “Yuni.”

Detectives identified her killer as Ygor Arrudasouza, a 27-year-old man married to the woman.

According to the police report, Arrudasouza called 911 around 4:25 am last Tuesday to say that he had stabbed his wife, Herrera.

Arrudasouza, who appeared Wednesday in a Miami-Dade County court, faces a second-degree murder charge in the death of Herrera, a Cuban salsa dancer who had competed in Miss Trans Universe and other beauty pageants. Local television 10.

After the alleged murder, the husband confessed to the agents who went to an apartment in the Art Plaza Tower building, in downtown Miami, that it was an attack “out of jealousy,” according to the police report.

Arrudasouza told Miami Police officers that Herrera had confessed to having found a “better man” than him, the arrest report added.

According to Miami-Dade County court records, Arrudasouza, currently being held without bond at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami, was also arrested last January on three counts of battery.

Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation records show Arrudasouza has an immigration hold and was out on bail when the murder occurred, Local 10 added.

In a 2015 interview with The Heroines of My Life blog, the Cuban model noted that “here in the United States I had the opportunity to become the woman I always dreamed of being.”

“I enjoy beauty pageants, modeling, traveling, music, dancing and learning about the history of other cultures around the world,” she added.

“I am very strong because life has made me hard that way! I am loving because my parents taught me to love everyone equally and respect,” Herrera said in the interview.

According to the blog that “portrays some 500 transgender women from all walks of life,” Herrera was born in 1981 in the city of Santa Clara, Cuba, 300 kilometers east of Havana.

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