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Natalia Smüt, Trans Woman and Beloved Drag Artist, Stabbed to Death

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The Mercury News of San Jose reports. The man who is charged with killing her, Elijah Cruz Segura, 22, of nearby Union City, led police to her and was arrested at the scene, according to San Francisco TV station KRON.

The gravely wounded Smüt was taken to a hospital, where she died.Cruz is charged with murder, plus a weapons enhancement for the use of a knife.

He was arraigned in a San Jose court Tuesday but did not enter a plea and was returned to jail, The Mercury News reports. He and Smüt had been dating for several months, police told KRON.Smüt was a popular drag artist who performed frequently in San Jose and throughout the Bay Area.

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