List of unlawfully killed transgender people

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This is a list of notable instances of transgender people being murdered, mostly due to their transgender status / gender identity. Worldwide, one transgender person is murdered every three days.[1] The list does not include deaths by suicide, accident, or other causes.


  • 1988 — Venus Xtravaganza was strangled to death in New York City on 21 December. Her body was found four days later, shoved under a hotel bed.[2]
  • 1989 — Carla Leigh Salazar was found stabbed to death in her apartment in California.[3]



  • Christine Chappel, a 28-year-old woman, whose body was found near Lowestoft on 2 March.[6] Her brother-in-law, Charles Halfacree, was jailed after pleading guilty to manslaughter.[7] Former partner, Alison Hooley, was also later jailed for shielding Halfacree.[8]


  • Loni Kai, a 28-year-old transgender woman, was killed during the night of 25 August south of Hillsboro, Oregon. Her murder is still unsolved.[9][10][11]


  • Gwen Araujo of Newark, California (died October 2002), an American teenage trans woman, was killed by four men, two of whom she had sexual actions with, who beat and strangled her after discovering she was transgender.[12][13][14] Two of the defendants were convicted of second-degree murder,[15] but not convicted on the requested hate crime enhancements. The other two defendants pleaded guilty or no contest to voluntary manslaughter. In at least one of the trials, a trans panic defense - an extension of the gay panic defense - was employed.[15][16]
  • Nizah Morris was an African-American transgender entertainer. On 22 December 2002 Morris suffered a severe head injury from which she did not recover. The Philadelphia Police Department's handling of Morris' death sparked protests in the LGBT community[17] and led to several investigations into Officer Elizabeth Skala-DiDonato's "blatant and methodical" lying regarding Morris' last moments and the subsequent police coverup of her unsolved homicide.[18]


  • Nireah Johnson was an African American trans woman who was murdered in Indianapolis, Indiana by Paul Moore, who was initially sexually attracted to her and then discovered that she was transgender.
  • Shelby Tracy Tom was a Canadian transgender woman working as a sex worker in North Vancouver, Canada who was murdered by Jatin Patel on 27 May 2003.[19] According to Patel, while having sex with her he noticed her surgery scars and he panicked as a result and strangled her. The prosecutor attempted to classify her death as a hate crime, but Supreme Court of British Columbia Justice Patrick Dohm ruled that the crime was not motivated by hate because he not know of her transgender identity when meeting her and thus could have not targeted her for it.[20] Patel's defense attorney used a gay panic defense as part of his defense of Patel, who pleaded guilty to a charge of manslaughter and was sentenced to nine years. Tom was a successful sex worker who spent her time helping the disadvantaged in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.


  • Angie Zapata was a trans woman who was murdered on 17 July 2008, in Greeley, Colorado. Her death was the first case involving a transgender victim to be ruled a hate crime.[21] Colorado is one of only eleven states that protect transgender victims under hate crime laws in the United States. Allen Andrade, who learned eighteen-year-old Angie was transgender after meeting her and spending several days with her, beat her to death with a fire extinguisher. In his arrest affidavit, Andrade calls Zapata "it",[22] and during his trial a tape was played of a phone conversation in which he told his girl friend "gay things need to die".[23] Andrade's attorneys used a gay panic defense, implying that Andrade suddenly "snapped" when he learned Zapata was not born biologically female. On 22 April 2009, Andrade was found guilty of first degree murder, hate crimes, and car/ID theft. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.[24]
  • Lateisha "Tiesh" Green was shot and killed on 14 November 2008 outside a house party in Syracuse, New York. Convicted of Onondaga County's first hate-crime homicide, Dwight R. DeLee, was motivated by anti-LGBT bias and his belief that Lateisha was gay.[25]


  • Sonia Burgess was a leading British immigration lawyer and transgender woman. On 25 October she was pushed under a train in London by a transgender woman acquaintance, Nina Kanagasingham.[26]
  • Stacey Blahnik, a 31-year-old trans woman, was found murdered in her Breeze Point, South Philadelphia home by her boyfriend on 14 October 2010.[27] Blahnik was remembered by friends as a "peacemaker and a caretaker" who "would give the shirt off of her back to anyone."[28]
  • Victoria Carmen White, a black trans woman, was murdered in September 2010. Alrashim Chambers was brought to trial for her death, but he was acquitted; he blamed another man, Marquise Foster, for the murder. The only motive suggested was transphobic violence; the words "You a dude?" were heard by White's friends (who were in an adjacent room) shortly before gunshots were fired.[29]


  • Marcal Camero Tye was a black 25-year-old woman from Forrest City, Arkansas. On 8 March, an unknown individual shot her in the head and dragged her behind or under their car. The murder is to date unsolved.[30]
  • Dee Dee Pierson, a black transgender woman,was murdered on 24 December 2011. Kenyon Jones confessed to the murder, telling police that he had paid Pierson for sex and when he found out she was transgender, he became angry and killed her.[31][32]


  • Crain Cornaway, a 47-year-old black trans woman, was beaten to death in her home in Oceanside, CA.
  • Deoni Jones, a 23-year-old black trans woman, was stabbed in the face and killed on 2 February in Washington, DC.[33][34][35]
  • Agnés Torres Hernández, a 28-year-old trans woman activist, was murdered on 10 March in Atlixco, Puebla, Mexico.[36][37]
  • Coko Williams, a 35-year-old trans woman of color, was found dead in Detroit 4 April. She had been shot and her throat had been cut.[35]
  • Tyrell Jackson, a 23-year-old black trans woman, was shot dead 4 April in Riviera Beach, Florida. A friend of hers was injured in the same attack.[35]
  • Paige Clay, a 23-year-old black trans woman, was found dead on 16 April in Chicago. She had been shot in the face.[35]
  • Brandy Martell, a 37-year-old black trans woman, was shot to death on 29 April in Oakland, California.[38]
  • Lorena Extravaganza, a Puerto Rican trans woman, was found unconscious and unresponsive on 12 May in her Bushwick apartment. Escalera's apartment was set on fire after two men she had brought into her home had strangled then suffocated her.[39]
  • Tracey Johnson, a 40-year-old trans woman, was shot to death in Baltimore on 5 July.[35]
  • Tiffany Gooden, a 19-year-old black trans woman, was found 14 August in Chicago. She had died from multiple stab wounds, and was found only a few blocks from where Paige Clay's body was discovered. Both murders are still unsolved.[35]
  • Deja Johnson, a 33-year-old black trans woman, was shot dead 26 August in Miami.[35]
  • Kendall Hampton, a 26-year-old black trans woman, was shot dead in Cincinnati on 29 August.[35]
  • Kyra "Cruz" Cordova, a 27-year-old biracial trans woman, was shot in the head on 3 September in Philadelphia.[35]
  • January Marie Lapuz was stabbed to death on 29 September in New Westminster, Canada.[40]
  • Rene "Rosita" Hidalgo Hernandez, a Hispanic transgender woman, was found dead on 15 March in Miami. Police arrested her assailant Miguel Pavon, who was assumed to be one of her clients, later that year.[35][41]


  • Evon Young was a black trans man who went missing on 2 January and was tortured and murdered by five men.[42]
  • Cernia 'Ce Ce' Dove (Acoff), a black 20-year-old trans woman, was stabbed to death in the Cleveland area on 5 January by Andrey Bridges, authorities later confirmed.[43] Her body was found at bottom of a pond on 17 April with a rope tying her waist to a concrete block. She had been reported missing on 27 March.
  • Kelly Young, a 29-year-old black trans woman, was shot inside her home in Baltimore on 3 April and died the next day.[44]
  • Ashley Sinclair, a 30-year-old black trans woman, was murdered on 4 April.[45]
  • Islan Nettles, a 21-year-old black trans woman, was beaten to death in Harlem, New York on 17 August after a group of at least seven men accosted her and two of her transgender friends.[46] One of the men, James Dixon, had been flirting with her. After he realized she was transgender, he struck her. After falling down, Dixon proceeded to beat her. She died of head injuries in hospital. Her death prompted a number of protests. On 21 April 2016, Dixon was sentenced 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter.[47][48]
  • Dominique Newburn, a 32-year-old black trans woman, was murdered by her former boyfriend on 20 August.[44]
  • Eyricka Morgan, a black trans woman, was stabbed to death in September.[44]
  • Jessica Vargas Bringas, a trans woman, was stabbed to death by Jonathan Hernández García on 13 October 2013, in Altamira, Mexico.[49]
  • Melony Smith was found dead in a motel room in Baldwin Park on 9 September. Stephen Gonzalez received a 26-year prison sentence for her death.[50]
  • Betty Skinner, a 52-year-old white disabled woman, was found dead in her assisted living complex in Cleveland on 5 December. Police believe she was beaten to death.[51]
  • Brittany-Nicole Kidd-Stergis, a black 22-year-old trans woman, was found dead in her parked car with a gunshot wound to her head on 6 December 2013. Some of the local media was criticized for referring to her as a man while reporting on her murder. She was the third transgender woman killed in 2013 in the Cleveland area.[52]
  • Dwayne Jones, murdered in Jamaica.[53]



  • Mayang Prasetyo, an Indonesian trans woman, was murdered in Brisbane, Australia by her husband.[54]


  • Çağla Joker was fatally shot in Istanbul on 21 April while with another trans woman who also was shot but survived.[55]
  • Cingene Gül was killed in her home in Istanbul on 10 October.[55]
  • Keeta Bakhsh died following a police beating on 23 October in Bahawalpur, Pakistan, that occurred while police raided her house. Police originally claimed her injuries were due to jumping from a moving police van but have since suspended the raid's leader.[55]
  • Mahadevi was pushed off a moving train in Bangalore, India on 24 September. She was a 22-year-old disabled trans woman.[55]

North America[edit]


  • Rosa Rebut, an Indonesian trans woman, was found beaten to death in an Edmonton, Canada, hotel on 24 November. Police arrested Marcel Cristian Niculae and charged him with second-degree murder.[55]

United States[edit]

  • Yaz'min Shanked, a 31-year-old black trans woman, was found dead behind a garbage bin in Fort Myers, Florida on 19 June. Her body was badly burned post-mortem.[55]
  • Kandy Hall was found dead due to massive bodily trauma by an unknown object in a field near a school in Baltimore, Maryland on 3 June.[55]
  • Zoraida Reyes, a 28-year-old Mexican-American trans woman, was discovered 12 June behind a Dairy Queen Restaurant. Police arrested Randy Lee Parkerson for choking her to death.[55]
  • Tiffany Edwards , a 28-year-old black trans woman, was killed by Quamar Edwards, unrelated, on 26 June in Walnut Hills, Ohio.[55]
  • Mia Henderson, a black trans woman, was found dead in Baltimore, Maryland on 16 July. Her murder reportedly bore similarities to the recent, local murder of Kandy Hall.[55]
  • Alejandra Leos, a Latina trans woman, was shot in the back and died 5 September in Memphis, Tennessee.
  • Aniya Parker, a black trans woman, was murdered 3 October in Los Angeles during what police considered a robbery gone wrong, though the attackers did not take her purse and advocates believe she was targeted due to being transgender.[55]
  • Ashley (Michelle) Sherman, a black trans woman, was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head in Indianapolis on 27 October.[55]
  • Gizzy Fowler, a black trans woman, was found shot dead outside her car in Nashville, Tennessee on 12 November.[55]
  • Deshawnda Sanchez, a 21-year-old black trans woman, was shot and killed on 3 December in Los Angeles.[56][57]


  • Jennifer Laude was murdered in Olongapo, Philippines, on 11 October.[58] Joseph Scott Pemberton was convicted of the murder.[59] Pemberton killed her discovering she was a pre-operative transsexual.[60]
  • Mary Jo Añonuevo was strangled and stabbed 33 times in the bar she owned in Lucena City, Philippines, on 22 October.[55]

South America[edit]

  • Marcela Duque was stoned to death by a group of attackers on 9 September in Medellin, Columbia.[55]



  • Yoshi Tsuchida (aged 38) of Fussa City area, Tokyo, Japan, was discovered wrapped in a blanket at his apartment on 12 November 2015. Police reported that Tsuchida's face had been sliced off with a sharp instrument. Tsuchida's body was discovered by his roommate, who also identified as his adopted son.[61]

North America[edit]

United States[edit]

During 2015 in the United States over twenty transgender women were murdered, the largest number on record:

  • Papi Edwards of Indianapolis Indiana, and Louisville, Kentucky, died of a single bullet wound to the chest at Fern Valley Motel on 9 January. Henry Richard Gleaves was arrested for Papi's murder and is being held on a $500,000 bond. The Advocate, among other media sources, originally reported that Papi Edwards identified as a black gay man answering to Lamar and/or Goddess, who likely participated in drag.[62] It has since been confirmed by others close to Papi, and reported by various sources that Edwards identified as a female.[63][64]
  • Lamia Beard, a black transgender woman of Norfolk, Virginia, was found with life-threatening gunshot wounds on the morning of 17 January. She was taken to the Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, where she died.[65]
  • Ty Underwood, a black transgender woman of Tyler, Texas, was found in her car, dead from three gunshot wounds, on 26 January. Her roommate feels she may have been targeted because she was a transgender woman.[66]
  • Yazmin Vash Payne, a black transgender woman of Van Nuys, California, was found stabbed and burned to death in her apartment on 31 January. The following day her boyfriend confessed to the murder and surrendered to police.[67][68]
  • Taja DeJesus, a Latina trans woman, was stabbed to death in San Francisco, California, on 3 February 2015. She was 36 years old. The man believed to have stabbed her, James Hays 49, was found dead hanging a short distance away.[69]
  • Penny Proud, a black trans woman of New Orleans, Louisiana, was fatally shot multiple times on 10 February.[70]
  • Bri Golec, a white trans man of Akron, Ohio, was stabbed to death by his father, Kevin Golic, on 13 February 2015.[71] Bri was a 22-year-old living with his father at the time. According to a bandmate, Brian dropped the trans identifier about a year ago. He now identified as an androgynous pansexual man. His father called 911 after the stabbing claiming it was "the cult" that had broken in and stabbed Brian. The cult he referred to is believed to be a local trans support group. Police determined that no one had broken in. Kevin Golic is being charged with murder and felony domestic violence.[72]
  • Kristina Gomez Reinwald, a Latina trans woman of Miami, Florida, was found dead in her apartment on 15 February. She was 46 years old. The case was initially considered a suicide, but news broke on 19 February that police are now treating it as homicide.[73][74]
  • Keyshia Blige, a 33-year-old black trans woman from Montgomery, Illinois, was killed 7 March 2015. Blige was shot while driving and crashed while attempting to drive herself to the hospital. "Police declined to comment on the motive for the shooting, but described it as "not random."[75] Though she had performed for many years under the name, Blige just started transitioning in January 2015. "Stiff's mother said, though her [child] had begun taking the hormones in January, already she noticed a new glow to [her] skin."[75] Blige's performances "gravitated toward old-school songs by powerhouse artists like Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston, with some modern hits by Rihanna and Beyoncé."[75] Blige was reported as male in the news.[76]
  • Vanessa Santillan, a 33-year-old Mexican trans woman from Miami, Florida, was fatally beaten on the head and neck in an apartment in Fulham, London, England on March 28, after responding to a neighbor's phone call.[77]
  • London Chanel, a 21-year-old black trans woman, died May 18 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, after being fatally stabbed in the back and neck by Raheam Felton, who was the boyfriend of one of her roommates.[78]
  • Mercedes Williamson, a 17-year-old white trans woman from Alabama was killed in George County, Mississippi, by Josh Vallum. Her body was found June 2 after Vallum told his father about the murder.[79][80]
  • India Clarke, a 25-year-old Black trans woman, was shot in Tampa, Florida, on July 21.[81][82] Clarke was subsequently misgendered in reports by media and the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.[83]
  • Amber Monroe, a 20-year-old black trans woman, was shot in Detroit, Michigan, on August 8. This was her third time being shot, but her fear of the police kept her from reporting other times.[84]
  • Kandis Capri, a black 35-year-old trans woman, was shot in Phoenix, Arizona, on August 11.[85][86]
  • Elisha Walker, a black trans woman, was found dead in a shallow grave in Johnston County, North Carolina, on August 15. She had been reported missing a year before.[87]
  • Tamara Dominguez, a 36-year-old Latina trans woman of Kansas City, Missouri, was run over by an SUV truck multiple times on 16 August at 3am local time.[88] Dominguez's brother, Alberto, offered forgiveness to the person who ran over Tamara during the argument which killed her: "We are not here to judge nobody, and he (Alberto) hopes that person really feels bad for what he did."[88]
  • Kiesha Jenkins, a 22-year-old black trans woman of North Philadelphia,[89] was beaten and shot by five to six men after getting out of a car.[90] Jenkins was a student at Temple University after graduating from Benjamin Franklin High School. "In her spare time, [Jenkins] enjoyed drawing and designing tattoos for friends" and eventually hoped to become a graphic designer, according to her family. Jenkins' family described as her "'comfortable' in her own skin, artistic and meticulous about fashion" who was a loving caregiver to her grandmother and other family members.[91]
  • Zella Ziona, a black 21-year-old trans woman of Maryland, was shot to death on 15 October in Montgomery County.[92] Ziona was a graduate Seneca Valley High School who was a "talented artist" who also worked as a caregiver in an assisted-living facility.[93]

South America[edit]

  • Fernanda 'Coty' Olmos aged 59 of Santa Cruz, Argentina was found in her Alfonso home stabbed and shot to death on 25 September 2015. Area neighbors and media believe "the brutality of the murder suggests that this is a transphobic crime, a femicide against a transgender woman." Coty was fondly remembered for her "charitable work during the dramatic floods" that hit Sante Fe in 2003.[94]
  • Marcela Estefania Chocobar aged 26 of Tartagal was found murdered in Santa Cruz, Argentina.[95] Chocobar was a transgender activist in Argentina who went missing for several days before her remains were found. Her body was so badly burned and dismembered that her identity had to be verified by DNA.[96]
  • Amancay Diana Sacayán aged 40 of Flores, Buenos Aires, Argentina 13 October.[97] Sacayán was a prominent transgender activist who served on the board of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association and was a leader of Argentina's Antidiscrimination Liberation Movement.[98] She was found in her apartment with multiple stab wounds. Her death is being investigated as a hate crime.[98]



  • Alisha, a 23 year old transgender activist, was shot seven times and died 25 May in the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan. Hospital staff spent over an hour determining whether to place Alisha in a male or female patient ward. Fellow transgender activists reported being taunted as they waited for Alisha outside the emergency room.[99]
  • Hande Kader, a 22 year old transgender woman, was raped and burned to death in Istanbul, Turkey. Her body was found on 12 August. Kader worked as a sex worker and was last seen getting in a client's car. She was also a prominent activist in the LGBTI community of Turkey and had appeared in LGBTI rights events in the country, including a 2015 Gay Pride event in Istanbul that was cracked down on by police.[100][101]


  • Nadine Stransen, a white transgender woman of Sydney, New South Wales was murdered on 6 February 2016.[102] She was found murdered in her apartment soon after on 6 February 2016.


North America[edit]


  • Monica Pineda Rivera, a trans woman, was killed by an unknown taxi driver on 10 February, in Cuernavaca, Mexico.[105]

United States[edit]

  • Monica Loera, a 43-year-old Latina trans woman of North Austin, Texas was murdered on 22 January 2016.[106] A man demanded entry to her home claiming to have forgotten his jacket; when she opened the door, he shot her. He was subsequently arrested. For days, both the media and police report identified her as a man and referred to her using her birth name. Loera was a sex worker; the killer was likely her client; he had been seen earlier leaving her home "patting his pockets".[107][108]
  • Jasmine Sierra, a 52-year-old Latina trans woman of Bakersfield, California, was found dead in an apartment on 22 January, with her body showing signs of trauma and foul play according to police. Local media had identified her as male and used her birth name.[109]
  • Kayden Clarke, a 24-year-old white transgender man with Asperger's Syndrome of Mesa, Arizona, was fatally shot on 4 February by police who had been responding to a call to prevent him from committing suicide. Some media reports erroneously identified him as a woman and used his former name.[110] Some autism and disability advocacy groups were also upset by the killing of Clarke, seeing his death as highlighting the discrimination against autistic transgender people and transgender people with other developmental disabilities or mental health issues and the poor training of many police responding to mental health crises, and issued a joint statement with some LGBT groups condemning the killing of Clarke.[111] Clarke posted videos on YouTube describing his experiences and was well-known from a viral video that showed him being calmed down during an Asperger's meltdown by his dog.[112]
  • Veronica Banks Cano, a black trans woman, was found dead on 19 February, fully clothed in a bathtub in San Antonio, Texas.[113][114]
  • Maya Young, a 25-year-old black trans woman of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was fatally stabbed on 20 February 2016.[113][114]
  • Demarkis Stansberry, a 30-year-old African-American transgender man of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was fatally shot on 27 February by an acquaintance. Some media reports identified him as a woman and used his former name.[115]
  • Kedarie/Kandicee Johnson, 16-year-old black genderfluid child (who went by both names and used the pronoun they), was found dead by Burlington, Iowa police on 2 March, having been shot several times and left in an alley.[116]
  • Kourtney Yochum, a 32-year-old trans woman of color was murdered on 23 March in Los Angeles. After a domestic dispute, she was out walking her dogs when a man came up to her and shot her in the head. The suspect was detained by a security guard and was subsequently arrested and charged.[117][118]
  • Shante Thompson, a 34-year-old black transgender woman, was beaten and fatally shot along with a male friend in Houston, Texas on 11 April. Witnesses reported that the pair was swarmed by a group of up to eight people on the side of a Midtown roadway.[119][120]
  • Keyonna Blakeney, a 22-year-old black transgender woman from Upper Marlboro, Maryland who had attended Bowie State University, was found dead in a hotel room in Rockville, Maryland on 16 April, with trauma to the upper body indicating she had been beaten and murdered. Police believed she was involved with prostitution. She had celebrated her birthday just days earlier.[121][122]
  • Reese Walker, a 32-year-old black transgender woman from Wichita, Kansas, was stabbed to death in the evening of 1 May, in her Windridge apartment bedroom. A 16-year-old boy was arrested and booked into the Sedgwick County Jail on suspicion of second-degree murder.[123] Reese was a pioneer for transgender visibility and school policy reformation in Wichita and was pursuing a path to social work to be an activist for other young trans people. Her family hosted a candlelight vigil on Wednesday, 4 May, in front of her apartment as well as a Celebration of Life for her at a family’s house on Friday, 6 May.[124]
  • Mercedes Successful, a 32-year-old black transgender woman of Haines City, Florida, was found dead in a parking lot on 15 May 2016, after being shot. Born in Jamaica, she was active member of the LGBT community in the United States.[125]
  • Amos Beede, a 38-year-old homeless transgender man was beaten in Burlington, Vermont on 23 May. He died of his injuries (broken bones, internal bleeding in the brain) in the hospital on 29 May.[126]
  • "Goddess" Diamond, a 20-year-old black trans woman, was found in a torched car in New Orleans, Louisiana on 5 June. She died of a blunt force trauma before the car was burned.[127]
  • Deeniqua Dodds, a 22-year-old black trans woman, was shot in the neck near her home in Northeast Washington D.C. on 4 July 2016. The shot left her hospitalized on life support until she died on 14 July.[128]
  • Dee Whigham, a 25-year-old black trans woman who worked as a nurse, was stabbed to death in the face and body on 23 July in her hotel room in Biloxi, Mississippi, where she was staying with friends to see a rodeo. Police arrested a 20-year-old US Navy trainee as the suspected killer.[129][130]
  • Skye Mockabee, a 26-year-old black trans woman, was found dead on 30 July in a parking lot in Ohio with a head wound, the victim of an apprent homicide. Initial reports from the medical examiner and police misnamed and misgendered her.[131]
  • Erykah/Erika Tijerina, a 36-year-old Latina trans woman, was found dead in her apartment in El Paso, Texas on 8 August 2016. A police officer who entered the apartment discovered "obvious signs of foul play." Tijerina's sisters fear this was a hate crime, though not much is known right now.[132]
  • Rae'Lynn Thomas, a 28-year-old black woman, was shot twice in front of her mother, and then beaten to death while she begged for her life, by James Allen Byrd on 10 August[133] in Columbus, Ohio.[134] Byrd called her "the devil" and made transphobic comments.[133][134][135] Her family called for the murder to be investigated as a hate crime, but Ohio hate crime statues do not cover gender identity.[133][134]
  • T.T. Saffore, a 26 or 27 year old trans woman from Chicago's West Side was found murdered in Chicago's Garfield Park the evening of 11 Sept. 2016. Her throat had been cut and a knife was found nearby. According to a friend of T.T.'s, she got into an altercation with a woman on Madison. The girl pulled a knife on her and allegedly said 'I'm going to get you killed.' T.T. did not report the crime to the Chicago Police Department due to a fear of abuse from CPD officers towards trans women who live on the West Side.[136][137] Major media outlets misgendered her.[138]
  • Crystal Edmonds, a 32-year-old black trans woman, was killed in Baltimore on 16 Sept. 2016.[139]
  • Jazz Alford, a 30-year-old black trans woman from North Carolina, was killed in her hotel room in Birmingham, AL, on 23 September 2016. She was initially misgendered by the police, but her sister Toya Milan, also a trans woman, corrected the record as to her sister's gender.[140]
  • Brandi Bledsoe, a 32-year-old black trans woman from Cleveland, was found dead in a driveway on 8 October 2016. Her body was found by a 5-year-old boy, wearing only underwear and had white plastic bags covering her head and both hands. [141]


  • Barbie Ann Reilly, a 23 year old transgender woman, was murdered by her partner, in Pasay City. Her body was found stuffed inside a suitcase along the Cavite Expressway in Bacoor Cavite on 3 June 2016.[142][143]

South America[edit]


  • Nathallya Figueiredo, a 25-year-old transgender woman, was stabbed to death in a car in Capão da Canoa. A caretaker of a building nearby the scene had witnessed the scene and alerted police. Her body was found buried in Cachoeirinha in the metropolitan region of Porto Alegre.[144]
  • Bié, aka Bianca Abravanel, a 25-year-old transgender woman, was murdered on 4 April 2016 in the Vila Rica neighborhood of Ribeirão, Pernambuco. Four men approached Bianca and shot her at least 15 times in the face and chest. A 16-year-old male who was with Bianca had tried to hide from the killers but was hit by a shot in his left leg and injured.[145]
  • T.E. de M. Geremias, a 37-year-old trans woman, was fatally stabbed in the Sao Marcos neighborhood of Valinhos.[146]
  • "Paula", a transgender woman identified only by this name, was found by police on the side of a road in the municipality of Goiandira on 16 May. She was sent to the Santa Casa de Catalao emergency room but because of a lack of documents was later transferred to a hospital in Goiania where she died on 20 May.[147]
  • Jessica Mendes Cavalcanti, 24-year-old trans woman, was surrounded by two young men and fatally stabbed to death in the Canaa neighborhood of Uberlandia on 19 April. One of the suspects who was apprehended by police confessed to Cavalcanti being transgender as being a motive of the crime.[148]
  • Luana Biersack, a 14-year-old transgender woman of Apucarana who disappeared on 13 April, was found dead in a municipal lake in Novo Itacolomi on 22 April. Prior to her disappearance, Luana had left a post on her Facebook profile stating that she was being threatened by someone.[148]
  • Leticia B. da Silva, a 22-year-old trans woman, was murdered in Bengui, Belem region on 5 May. Two men on motorcycles had come by her as she was walking home and one of them fatally shot her.[149]

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