Jason Howard Green

Jason Howard Green

Monday, June 2, 2008

Trans Activist Killed in Puerto Vallarta

Felicia Melton-Smyth, a transexual and community activist from Madison, Wisconsin, was stabbed to death last Monday morning while on vacation in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Her death has devastated the Madison LGBT community where she was an amazing fundraiser for the AIDS Network.

Officials in Puerto Vallarta had someone in custody the following day. The suspect, Francisco Javier Hollos, claims he killed her because she refused to pay for sex. According to officials, Hollos had been around the resort where Felicia was staying for several days. He didn't have any place to stay when he met Felicia.

Felicia worked as the billing department for the University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation, a clinical practice organization for doctors who work in the hospital and teach in the medical school. Weekends and weeknights you could find her at the Shamrock Bar. There she helped raise money for AIDS initiatives and during the Christmas holidays helped collect gifts for kids with or affected by HIV.

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