A Colorado man is currently serving a life sentence in prison after being found guilty of killing 18-year-old Greeley resident Angie Zapata, who was born Justin Zapata.
The case, which resolved in 2009 when a jury found 31-year-old Allen Ray Andrade guilty, is receiving a new dose of national attention from the network Investigation Discovery, which plans to run a feature on the 911 calls placed immediately after Zapata’s sisters found her bloodied, battered body in her apartment.
For those unfamiliar with the murder, here is background on the case:
On July 17, 2008, Zapata was found dead in her Greeley apartment. An autopsy determined the cause of death was blunt-force trauma.
Thirteen days later, Andrade was arrested in Thornton in connection with Zapata’s death.
Investigators learned Zapata met Andrade on the Internet and brought him to her home in Greeley. After learning that Zapata was a transgender woman, an enraged Andrade struck Zapata repeatedly with his
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The 2008 murder of Angie Zapata, a transgender teen from Greeley, stands as both a horrifying example of violence targeting the LGBTQ community and a precedent-setting case for federal hate crime laws. Now, Angie’s story, which we’ve told in a shattering Westword feature and numerous followup posts, is going national by way of “Lost Angel,” an episode of the Investigation Discovery series Murder Calls that debuts tonight, July 10. See a preview below.
Former Westword staffer Melanie Asmar, who currently covers Denver Public Schools for the education news website Chalkbeat, dug deep into Angie’s story, live blogging the April 2009 trial of Allen Andrade, the man who killed her, and contextualizing the case and its importance in the May 2009 article “Who Was Angie Zapata? Her Murderer’s Trial Didn’t Tell the Whole Story.”
As Asmar wrote, those
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The 2008 murder of Angie Zapata in Greeley will air at 8 p.m. Monday on the Investigation Discovery’s series, “Murder Calls.”
The show features the real-life 911 call of Zapata’s two sisters as they discover her body, in a small apartment in downtown Greeley. At the scene, family members reveal a stunning surprise, then work with detectives to identify the culprit. The investigation leads police to a killer whose self-hatred drove him to commit the ultimate sin, in a precedent-setting case for federal hate crime laws, according to a news release.
Angie Zapata, 18, died July 17, 2008, after being beaten to death in her apartment. Allen Andrade, 32, of Thornton, was convicted of first-degree murder, with a hate-crime sentence enhancer, on April 22, 2009.
Police believed Andrade beat Zapata with a fire extinguisher from her apartment, then fled later in
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