The Murder of

Gwen Araujo

Gwen Araujo

Gwen Araujo was a 17 year old girl. She was loved by her family and friends, who all say that she had a sparkling personality and a love for life that shone through the hardships, bigotry and hatred that she had to endure. Her dream of getting away and living the life that she wanted not only as a makeup artist, but as a woman. This was taken from her when her life was cut short and a shadow would be forever cast over her friends and family for the joy that they had lost. Her life may have been short but the impact that she had on those who knew and loved her cannot be measured.

Sylvia Guerrero, Gwen's Mother

She has fought to see justice done for her daughter and continued to fight to increase awareness of Trans issues and fight for Trans rights since Gwen's murder.

One of the center pieces of the court battle to bring the murders of Gwen to justice was the difference between 1st degree and 2nd degree murder. This definition can be the one thing that separates a juror's decision for finding someone guilt which was the case during both trials. To better understand the difference and make up your own mind about where you stand.

"From left, Attorney William Du Bois, Jose Merel, Michael Magidson and his attorney Michael Thorman appear in court for sentencing Friday, Jan. 27, 2006, in Hayward, Calif. Merel and Magidson were given mandatory terms of 15-to-life for killing 17-year-old Gwen Araujo in the summer of 2002. (AP Photo/Fremont Argus, Anda Chiu)"
Defendants Jose Merel, Michael Magidson, and Jason Cazares(LtoR) listen in court to opening statements on the first day of the Gwen Araujo murder trial at the Superior Courthouse in Hayward.Anda Chu - STAFF PHOTOS
Copy of Left Hanging _ East Bay Express.pdf

"Left Hanging" by Brian Kluepfel

This is an article that was published in the East Bay Express, may 11th, 2005. This is an opinion piece written about his experience as juror on this case and what were his thoughts on the pending second trial.

News Report from Local Channel about parole hearing for men convicted of Gwen's Murder

The place where the four men would discard Gwen's body the morning after the murder. Three hours from Newark, CA.

"Leaving no stone up-turned, Director Shelly Prevost scrupulously examines the murder trial of Gwen Araujo and provides numerous interviews with Gwen Araujo's mother Sylvia and the attorneys involved in the case."

Director: Michelle Prevost

Documentary dealing with Gwen's murder, the trial, and some of the hardships faced by the family.

"Staging a Response to Hate" is part of Not In Our Town: Northern California. You can find the DVD and free educational guide here.

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