Three men were charged last Friday with the hate-crime murder of 17-year-old transgender youth Gwen Araujo.

Araujo was killed at a party in Newark, California, on 3 October, but her body was not discovered until last Tuesday after one of the suspects directed police to the burial site 150 miles away in a remote part of the Sierra foothills.

Three men in their 20s are being held without bail on suspicion of beating Araujo before strangling her with a rope, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Araujo, who named herself Gwen after No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani, reportedly attended the party in Newark on 3 October dressed in a peasant’s blouse and miniskirt. According to media reports, Araujo’s transgenderism was discovered in a party rest-room by another girl, who then told other patrons.

It is alleged the three suspects began beating Araujo and gashed her head with a blunt object before taking her into a garage and strangling her.

Police say the investigation into Araujo’s murder is continuing.

© Star Observer 2019 | For the latest in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) news in Australia, be sure to visit daily. You can also read our latest magazines or Join us on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.