DALLAS, TX (The Dallas Morning News) – Supporters of Daniela Calderon-Rivera, the Dallas transgender woman who was shot multiple times at a bus stop in September, are demanding more action from authorities to bring her attacker to justice.
At a rally in front of the Frank Crowley Courts Building on Thursday evening, Calderon-Rivera addressed the crowd, saying she is still suffering from the attack, battling depression and fear.
“I would love for there to be justice for me,” she said, speaking in Spanish. “Emotionally and physically, I’m not doing well. I’ve been having moments of anxiety and panic. And all I ask for is for justice.”
Calderon-Rivera was shot six times and left for dead on Sept. 20 in northwest Dallas. The suspect, Domingo Ramirez-Cayente, is a 29-year-old Mexican citizen who was in the country illegally. Ramirez-Cayente confessed that he shouted derogatory remarks about gay and transgender people before opening fire, according to police records.
The judge who set his bond did not order Ramirez-Cayente to wear an ankle monitor.
On Thursday, ICE confirmed to The Dallas Morning News that Ramirez-Cayente is undocumented and was deported nine years ago. Immigrants who reenter the country after having been removed can be charged with a felony, punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison. ICE is encouraging anyone with information about his whereabouts to contact local immigration enforcement officials.
“On March 18, 2010, immigration officials apprehended Domingo Ramirez-Cayente, 29, near Brackettville, Texas, after he illegally entered the U.S.,” ICE spokesman Timothy Oberle told The News in a statement. “Ramirez-Cayente was processed as an expedited removal and removed to Mexico on March 27, 2010. ICE has not encountered Ramirez-Cayente since his 2010 removal. ICE urges anyone with information regarding Ramirez-Cayente’s location in the United States to contact their local ICE office.”
The News also was unable to reach Judge Hal Turley, the felony court magistrate who set the conditions and amount of Ramirez-Cayente’s bond. Turley set the bond at $25,000 and told Ramirez-Cayente he could not drink alcohol, possess a weapon or have contact with Calderon.
*Apparently, Judge Turley has a reputation for setting low bail amounts for violent offenders, even if they are in the country illegally.