Pride Month: Tirrel Santiago

In honor of Pride Month I’m featuring a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer missing person every day for the month of June. Today’s case is Tirrel Santiago, a sixteen-year-old who disappeared from Brooklyn, New York on August 20, 2005.

It’s noted that Tirrel “may dress in women’s clothes.” I have very little information on his disappearance, so I don’t know if he’s transgender or gay or just gender-nonconforming. The photos show someone who could be either male or female.

He was last seen at 306 Rodney Street, which is in the Williamsburg neighborhood. Google Street View shows a church at that address, specifically St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. It seems unlikely that Tirrel was attending religious services — August 20, 2005 was a Saturday — but perhaps there was some other event at the church that day.

I wish I knew more. Tirrel must have parents, siblings, friends, people who care about him, and it’s been almost thirteen years.

14 thoughts on “Pride Month: Tirrel Santiago

  1. Misguided Angel June 13, 2018 / 9:03 am

    Most people who follow true crime believe that Tyrell Santiago is the “unidentified asian” male found dead at Gilgo beach and is believed to be murdered by the LISK. The victim was found wearing women’s clothing (Tyrell was Transgender) and vitals all match up as well as the composite sketch. They have the victims DNA but for some reason Santiagos family will not give a family dna sample to see if they match up. Something to do with old fashioned family views on sex etc.

    • Meaghan June 13, 2018 / 9:04 am

      That’s terrible that they won’t provide a sample. It seems very counterproductive.

    • Keisha April 8, 2019 / 2:02 pm

      This is my brother please is anyone knows anything please let me know the family is looking for him

    • Keisha April 8, 2019 / 2:02 pm

      This is my brother please is anyone knows anything please let me know the family is looking for him

    • Keisha April 8, 2019 / 2:08 pm

      Listen I am his sister we never had a problem giving in DNA PLEASE STOP. I need information is this is my brother .

      • Connie July 29, 2019 / 1:54 pm

        then please try and provide a dna sample because a lot of people want to either rule in or rule out asian male being tirrel/mia

      • connie January 16, 2020 / 11:01 pm

        my complete apologies for my earlier comment. it was incredibly inappropriate to suggest you were possibly in the wrong

  2. Misguided Angel June 13, 2018 / 9:04 am

    Ugh Tirell sorry about the spelling mistake

    • Meaghan June 13, 2018 / 9:05 am

      Thanks for the info!

    • Keisha April 8, 2019 / 2:07 pm

      Please stop with the rumors .

      • Meaghan April 8, 2019 / 2:07 pm

        Has your brother’s DNA and dental records been compared with this person?

      • Virice September 17, 2019 / 12:10 am

        I knew your sister very well….and I met you a few times at our house in on 30th street and her graduation!!! As well as y’all grandma!!!
        I miss you MIA

      • Virice webb September 17, 2019 / 12:11 am

        I knew her very well!!!

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