Mexico’s first openly nonbinary magistrate, Jesus Baena, 39, and partner, 37, are found dead at their home in suspected murder-suicide stabbing
Dorian Nieves allegedly murdered his partner, Jesús Baena, were at their home in Aguascalientes, Mexico on Monday
Baena had 20 wounds, a fatal one in the jugular, while his partner Nieves had wounds on his fingers, aparently caused by the use of the razor … the alleged murder weapon, according to authorities
The 39-year-old Baena became the first openly nonbinary person in the country to be sworn in to a judicial post in October 2022
The Aguascalientes state prosecutor told Milenio news outlet that Nieves used a razor to kill Baena before he took his own life
Jesús Baena [photo], Mexico’s first openly nonbinary magistrate, was found dead, allegedly killed by their partner in a razor attack on Monday, at their home in the state of Aguascalientes. A likely murder weapon was found in the hand of one of the victims
The first openly nonbinary magistrate in Mexico was reportedly stabbed to death by their domestic partner, who then took his own life at the couple’s home on Monday in the central state of Aguascalientes.
Openly nonbinary magistrate Jesús Baena, 39, and Dorian Nieves, 37, identified by the local media as their partner, both were found lying in a pool of blood by a maid at the couple’s home in the central state of Aguascalientes.
Aguascalientes Public Security secretary Manuel Alonso told Imagen Noticias that preliminary investigations indicate that deaths may be attributed to ‘sentimental events, personal issues’ between the couple.
Dorian Nieves, 37, allegedly used a razor to slice Jesús Baena, 39, before killing himself with the same sharp object, state prosecutor Jesús Figueroa told Mexican news outlet Milenio on Tuesday.
‘The magistrate’s body has 20 wounds, a fatal one in the jugular, and his partner has wounds on his fingers that are caused, according to experts, precisely by the use of the razor … that (was) used as an instrument of aggression.’
Baena’s partner, Dorian Nieves [photo], 37, was found dead at the Aguascalientes home he shared with Jesús Baena, the first openly nonbinary person to be sworn in as a magistrate in Mexico. He has been accused of being perpetrator of the murder-suicide
Figueroa said investigators located blood stains on the second floor of the home and found the victims’ bodies in the first floor, where the Baena was killed and Nieves committed suicide.
Security camera footage showed only the pair entering the home Monday, around 1:16 am, before they were found dead by the housemaid hours later, ruling out the possibility of a third party.
‘There is no scientific information that allows us to establish that someone else entered, the only two people who were on the (property) are the two of them,’ the state prosecutor explained.
‘We see that the items of clothing they were wearing correspond to those they were wearing at the time they arrived at the (home), we see that these items of clothing are found in the bedroom where the blood prints were found. We believe that in the first moment there is a difference between them because the bodies were found on the ground floor.’
Jesús Baena became the first openly nonbinary person to be sworn in to a judicial position for the Aguascalientes state electoral court in October 2022
Jesús Baena [photo], recognized across Latin America for their efforts in working for the rights of the LGBTQ community, regularly posted photos and videos of themselves wearing skirts, heels and flashing a rainbow fan in court offices to champion for the rights of gay rights
Jesús Baena became the first openly nonbinary person to be sworn in to a judicial position for the Aguascalientes state electoral court in October 2022.
The magistrate was celebrated throughout Latin America for their tireless efforts to advance the rights of the LGBTQ community.
In June, Baena was among a group of people who were issued Mexico’s nonbinary passports.
They regularly posted photos and videos of themselves wearing skirts, heels and flashing a rainbow fan in court offices to champion for the rights of the LGBTQ community, but at times received death threats from people who opposed his views.
Mourners held a candlelight vigil and a protest Monday evening in Aguascalientes, Mexico, after the nation’s first openly nonbinary magistrate, Jesús Baena, and their partner, Dorian Nieves, victims of a suspected murder-suicide
Openly nonbinary Jesús Baen, [photo], a strong advocate for the LBGTQ community, had received death threats on social media because of his gender identity, according to local reports
In June, Baena took to X, formerly Twitter, to stress that they wanted to be recognized by their gender identity.
‘I am a nonbinary person, I am not interested in being seen as either a woman or a man,’ they wrote. ‘This is an identity. It is mine, for me, and nobody else. Accept it.’
Alejandro Brito, director of the LGBTQ rights group Letra S, said that the magistrate’s constant presence on social media made them a likely target.
‘They were a person who received many hate messages, and even threats of violence and death, and you can’t ignore that in these investigations,’ Brito said. ‘They, the magistrate, was breaking through the invisible barriers that closed in the nonbinary community.’
While Brito said Mexico has made significant steps in reducing levels of anti-LGBTQ violence in recent decades, his group registered a significant uptick in such violence in 2019, documenting at least 117 lesbian, gay and bisexual and transgender people killed in the country.
Many were grisly killings, including brutal stabbings and public slayings.