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Man charged in murder of transgender South Beach prostitute

BY DAVID SMILEY, DSMILEY@MIAMIHERALD.COM

A suspect in the unsolved murder of a Miami prostitute has been charged with brutally stabbing to death a transgender sex worker in her South Beach apartment in March.

Miguel Pavon, previously questioned in the June 2011 bludgeoning of a Miami woman, stabbed Rene “Rosita” Hidalgo Hernandez 23 times in the neck, back, chest and hand in March after sex, according to an arrest warrant. Pavon, 31, has been charged with first degree murder and is being held without bond in the Metro West Detention Center.

Police began investigating Hidalgo’s death on March 15 after friends, worried that she had not answered her phone or let her dogs out of her one-bed, one-bath Michigan Avenue Apartment for more than 24 hours, climbed up to her second-story window and saw blood on the floor, according to an arrest warrant.

Police were called. They found blood throughout the apartment and Hidalgo’s naked body at the foot of her bed, partly covered by a bed sheet and blanket. On the blanket was a bloody imprint of a seven-inch butcher knife determined to be the murder weapon by the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office. Hidalgo, 54, kept no such knife in her apartment, according to police.

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