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.

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