A South-Central El Paso woman was found dead in her apartment last week. Police said the death of 36-year-old Erykah Tijerina, who identified as a trans female, currently has no leads but is being investigated.
“She was a character. She had her own personality — what you would call ghetto fabulous, very ghetto fabulous,” said Chyna Fierro, one of Erykah’s close friends.
Fierro met Tijerina 16-years-ago. She says Erykah was there for her when she decided to transition into a woman. Tijerina’s sister says Erykah identified herself as a female from a very young age.
“She was like yeah, ‘I’m a girl. I’m a trans-girl, and you better respect me no matter what,” adds Fierro.
Fierro says Erykah’s faith kept her strong when she had to go through one of the most painful experiences in her life. ”Her mother passed away three years ago, and when a transgender person has a parent that accepts them 100%, that’s your unconditional love.”