A beloved cat was chopped in half by thugs in a vile hate campaign against a trans woman.
Angelina Bouros was the victim of a vile anonymous hate campaign from neighbours.
About a year after she had her gender reassignment surgery, Angelina let her ginger tom Rambo - “an orange shorthair cat with a charming and rambunctious personality” - out of her house as she usually did.
“About two hours later,” she says, “it started to rain but he didn’t come back into the house even when I called him. He didn’t like the rain so I knew something wasn’t right.”
Angelina went out in to her garden to look for Rambo ,wondering if he might have wandered into the woods behind her home. But then she noticed something orange on the ground.
She said: “I saw that it was the back half of an orange cat and then I looked closer and I realised it was Rambo!
“I screamed and cried."
“I brought his remains to my house and after a few hours had a friend come over and we looked at him. It looked like someone cut him in half with a razor sharp knife.
“I was in shock and in complete disbelief. It is still hard to believe after seven months that someone did that to him, an innocent animal.”
Angelina had no clues about who may have murdered Rambo but a couple of months later she received another piece of hate mail from someone taking responsibility for his death.
The police have not yet been able to find the killer.
In a heartwarming gesture of community support, over 250 people - many of whom were strangers to Angelina – showed up to decorate her home, painting it in rainbow colours with paint donated by local home store Herzog’s.
The day turned into a community celebration with food and music, which Angelina says has filled he with hope: “Some people who painted were my neighbours, some were friends, but most of them were complete strangers who only came to support me and take a stand against hate and bigotry.
“The fact that most people who came were complete strangers, that touched my heart the most.”