In this Feb. 12, 2013 photo, an offering to a statue of La Sante Muerte at an altar run by Arely Vazquez Gonzalez, a Mexican immigrant and transgender woman, is shown at inside a Queens

 

              In this Feb. 12, 2013 photo, an offering to a statue of La Sante Muerte at an altar run by Arely Vazquez Gonzalez, a Mexican immigrant and transgender woman, is shown at inside a Queens
In this Feb. 12, 2013 photo, an offering to a statue of La Sante Muerte at an altar run by Arely Vazquez Gonzalez, a Mexican immigrant and transgender woman, is shown at inside a Queens, NY apartment. La Santa Muerte, an underworld saint most recently associated with the violent drug trade in Mexico, now is spreading throughout the U.S. among a new group of followers ranging from immigrant small business owners to artists and gay activists. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)