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The Daily Signal: Abby Martinez had been feeling sick and close to tears all day. She had lunch with a friend, but could hardly eat. 

She didn’t know what was wrong, but suspected the feeling might have to do with her 19-year-old daughter Yaeli, who identified as a man. 

When Martinez couldn’t shake a feeling of deep sadness on Sept. 4, 2019, she called Yaeli to make sure she was all right after not receiving a response by text. 

No answer. Her daughter’s silence led Martinez to imagine the worst. Finally, Yaeli texted back. 

“She’s OK,” Martinez remembers thinking.

Yaeli lived about 15 minutes away from her mother’s home in Azusa, California. Mother and daughter exchanged a few messages. 

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Yaeli “told me a little bit of the day at work,” Martinez told The Daily Signal during an interview, but then her daughter’s responses stopped coming. 

Around 10 p.m., Martinez received a call from a police officer, who asked whether Yaeli was with her.  more