Díaz Córdova tried repeatedly to flee to the U.S. to escape the violence she faced in El Salvador due to her gender identity, including from organized crime rings. She reached the U.S. in August of 2017, but was detained by ICE and deported just a few months later. Díaz Córdova returned to El Salvador, and was killed slightly over a year after her deportation. Reports say that she was beaten by officers in a patrol car and left on the side of the road. She was eventually found and brought to a hospital, where she died from her injuries.