Well known transgender performer dies in police custody
POSTED: Monday, October 14, 2013 - 2:54pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 9:38am
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — UPDATE: Police have identified the woman who died in police custody on Sunday morning as 36-year-old Fernando Gomez. Gomez, a well known performer within the gay and transgender community was better known by friends as Mercedes De Marco.
El Paso Police were dispatched at 4:02 a.m on Sunday morning to a hotel located at 1301 N. Mesa to a domestic disturbance call. When officers arrived on the scene, DeMarco allegedly became combative with the officers and was subsequently arrested and placed in the rear of the police cruiser.
While in transport to the police station, DeMarco became unresponsive. Officers immediately began first aid efforts on Demarco until E.M.S. units arrived and she was taken to Las Palmas Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.
Witnesses at the scene have stated that DeMarco appeared to be acting irrational and violent as if she was under the influence of some type of narcotic.
El Paso Police are still investigating the incident and are awaiting autopsy and toxicology results to determine the cause of death.