Many people are outraged with the media after a young Latina, identified as 20-year-old Maylin Reynoso, was found dead just days after she went missing in New York.
Reynoso, who was of Dominican descent and lived in the Bronx, was last seen leaving her job at a gas station on July 27. On July 31, days after she vanished, her body was found floating in the Harlem River, according to the New York Police Department. The cause of death is still unknown.
Reynoso’s tragic case has caused furor on social media after it received barely any news coverage, other than family and friends asking for help on platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
Meanwhile, the recent deaths of Karina Vetrano and Vanessa Marcotte, two white females, made international headlines. Vetrano, a 30-year-old Italian-American, was murdered on Aug. 2 after going for a jog in Queens. Marcotte, 27, was found dead on Aug. 7 in Princeton, Mass. Both cases were characterized as homicides.
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Reynoso’s cause of death, on the other hand, is still pending, but many believe that the Dominican woman, who suffered with depression and bipolar disorder, might have committed suicide.
“For Maylin there was no amber alert, no outcry for her search and rescue and she was missing a week. Anything could have happened within that time. Instead they found her body floating in the Harlem river and there’s no information on how she got there,” expressed Katelynn Mauro for The Odyssey Online, noting that Karina’s death got more media attention than Maylin’s because she was “attractive, young and white.”
“Where is the reward for information about Maylin’s death? Where is the public outcry of rage and sympathy? We cannot let the stories of WOC disappear into the void of silence and apathy. We need to protect women and we need to question the racist system controllers and demand a change,” Mauro continued.
Nearly one month after her passing, hashtags with Maylin Reynoso’s name are making the rounds to bring to the forefront the media’s apparent lack of interest in covering the deaths and disappearances of Latinas and women of color.
The media apparently has no time for the disappearance of women of color #MaylinReynoso
— Pascale D. Small (@pascaledsmall) August 25, 2016
— RealTweeted (@RealTweeted) August 24, 2016
rest in peace #MaylinReynoso ? I’m sorry you didnt get the media attention you deserve, maybe this could’ve been avoided if you did
— ଘPixc (@pixcmusic) August 22, 2016
media needs to put coverage on the abductions of black & latina girls/women instead of letting it go unnoticed #MaylinReynoso
— micha (@michamadonna) August 20, 2016
Why is it when a young black woman or a young latina goes missing, their first thought is that ‘they ran away’ #MaylinReynoso
— alexia (@imnotaIexia) August 18, 2016
Reynoso’s family has created a GoFundMe profile to raise money for her funeral expenses. “Giving Maylin a proper memorial will truly be appreciated by her family and friends. Please if you can just donate just a penny it will help tremendously,” states the account. You can donate here.
Learn more about Maylin’s case here.