A warning that it is difficult to watch, and may be triggering or upsetting. Watching Angie’s family break down in memory of her, and in knowledge of her brutal death, had me in tears. But Andrade has ensured that Angie cannot speak for herself about what he did to her — I think it’s only right then to listen, if we can, to what her family has to say.
Monica also had a loose transcript of the video. I’ve updated it as best I can to make it a full transcript of the statement itself, and it’s below the jump:
“Angie was my sister.
“She was a member of our family. We loved her very much, and we will miss her every day. Every day and every night my mom has to deal with great pain that she saw one of her babies being buried. An experience no parent should have to witness. Every day my siblings and I reach for the phone and realize we’ll never hear her voice. There are times when we try to call and get her advice, and realize, there’s no answer anymore.
“A part of our family is missing, stolen from us. Angie was 18, her life was just beginning. Angie was brave, she had guts, she had courage, and was beautiful, was fun and loving. She was our little sister.
“Throughout the past week and a half, we have watched as our sister Angie was lied about in this court, we watched angrily as the defense presented an image of my sister that wasn’t true. Their strategy — and make no mistake about it — it was tearing down my sister to make a monster look better. It will not work.
“We want to make things clear: Angie was our sister, an aunt and a daughter. Life was sometimes difficult for her, and we learned along with her to understand that she was born a girl with a body that was wrong for her.
“We know that Angie was one thing above all else: honest. It took such courage to be who she was. Life wasn’t always easy, but she was strong, and there was no reason to believe my sister was anything but strong and honest with everyone.
“This week, we are deeply saddened and angry as we witnessed graphic details about the last few minutes of my sister’s life. A big brother is supposed to protect his little sister. It breaks my heart to think that there was nothing I could do.
“My sisters, Monica and Ashley, when they saw what this monster had done to her, they wanted to hold her, to comfort her and make her feel better. It’s hard for them to realize that there was nothing they could have been done.
“He stole something so precious from us.
“Only a monster can look at a beautiful 18-year-old and beat her to death. This monster not only hit my sister, but continued to beat her head in over and over and over again until her head was crushed in. Then, he left her there to die.
“He’ll never understand how angry we are at him and how much he has hurt us. This past week and half, we’ve seen attorneys working their hardest to seek justice for my sister. Our family wants to thank [list of names and organizations] . . . for their support of our family and standing with us and standing with Angie.
“We are grateful Colorado has tough laws that make it clear that attacking people because of anti-gender bias will be taken seriously. Targeting someone because she is transgender will be prosecuted a aggressively in Weld County. This means a lot to our family, we are grateful that the laws are in place for hate crimes.
“In memory of Angie, we call on Colorado’s leaders to pass a federal hate crime law to protect everyone.
“Justice was achieved for my sister today. A message was sent loud and clear that crimes targeting LGBT will not be tolerated in Colorado, and specifically Weld County.
“We would ask everyone to remember my sister as we do, as a beautiful, wonderful, precious teenager. She would want us to remember the happy times in her life. And in Angie’s memory, to make the world a better place.
“We will always love you Angie and we will always miss you, mija.
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