Published: November 21, 2002
NEW YORK - November 21, 2002 - In another exclusive for THE JOHN WALSH SHOW, Sylvia Guerrero will talk for the first time about her sons recent murder on THE JOHN WALSH SHOW. This exclusive interview is scheduled to air Monday, November 25, 2002 (syndicated, check local listings for time and station).
Sylvias son Eddie Araujo was murdered at a party on October 3, 2002, all because he was a transgender teen. By all appearances, Eddie was a normal teenager, but, in fact, he was living his life as a woman, going by the names Gwen or Lida. Earlier that week, Eddie became engaged in an argument with a teenage girl. Suspecting that Eddie was too strong to be a female, she convinced four other boys to find out if Eddie was a man or a woman. Confronting him at the party, they discovered he was in fact a man. The young men became enraged at the fact they were misinformed about his gender and they attacked Eddie, repeatedly punching him, and dragged him into a garage where he was strangled with a piece of rope.
Eddies mother, Sylvia, speaks out about the tragedy for the first time with John Walsh. She explains what life is like without her son, what is happening to the suspected killers as well as how she is coping with the loss.
Sylvia details a dream she had depicting her sons murder. Shockingly, the dream was exactly what happened to her son, I had a dream he was on a cement floor with people standing around him. I heard his horrific screams and I knew he was dead.
Joining her in-studio will be her daughter and Eddies sister, Pearl Serrano as well as Eddies uncle David. Helping shed light on the murder is the familys attorney, Gloria Allred.
Also in-studio are Queen and Michelle, two women whose teenage sons were living their lives as women. Tragically, a few months ago, both young men were gunned down while sitting in their car. Were they killed because they were transgender?
Also appearing are Earline Budd, a specialist in helping transgender youths in Washington, D.C., and Sasha, a twenty year old transgendered young adult she has helped, who will talk about the hardships of growing up different. Ive been attacked several times, says Sasha. When asked if the school she attends is doing anything to keep her safe, she responds, I was told things that are happening are because of my lifestyle.
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