Puerto Rican Transgender Performer Lorena Escalera Mourned After Fatal Bushwick Fire

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Lorena Escalera had danced as a stunning Beyoncé look-alike sporting golden chest armour and vibrant hair, and on Memorial Day was scheduled to perform Jennifer Lopez’s latest hit “Dance Again,” her friend and promoter Jose Herrera recalled. But as Herrera lit memorial candles with more than 60 mourners outside Escalera’s home Monday night, he shook his head in shock that the 25-year-old transgender celebrity had perished early Saturday morning in a fire in her apartment on 47 Furman Ave, as Meredith Hoffman reports in this article fro DNAinfo.com.

“We’re trying to make sense of it,” said Herrera, 42, of the incident, which is still under investigation by the FDNY. “She was like you’d see in a music video. She was beautiful outside and inside.”

Escalera, known as Lorena Xtravaganza, was considered a star of the House of Xtravaganza, a renowned performance, artistic and support community of about 130 LGBTQ…

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