St. Petersburg’s LGBT community is certain Katya Khomenko’s career as a gay tango instructor played a role in her murder.
Ekaterina Khomenko, a 29-year-old queer tango teacher, was found in her car early on September 7 with a four-inch gash across her throat. The engine was still running when a street cleaner chanced on her vehicle. Police, who initially entertained the theory that Khomenko may have killed herself, are now treating her death as a murder. Early reports in local newspapers made no mention of Khomenko’s ties to the LGBT community.