Murdered in her own apartment, ostensibly a hate crime
Rita Hester (born 30 November 1963) was a transgenderAfrican Americanwoman who was murdered in Allston, MA on November 28, 1998. In response to her murder, an outpouring of community grief and anger led to a candlelight vigil held the following Friday (December 4) in which about 250 people participated. Her death also inspired the "Remembering Our Dead" web project and the Transgender Day of Remembrance. Gwendolyn Ann Smith, a trans woman who is a graphic designer, columnist, and activist, founded the Transgender Day of Remembrance in 1999.