Baltimore police are investigating the shooting death of Alphonza Watson, a 38-year-old Black trans woman.
Jaquarrius Holland, 18, was shot and killed in Louisiana after a verbal altercation on Feb. 19. Due to being misgendered by the media and local authorities, Holland wasn’t listed as transgender until family and friends corrected them.
Ciara McElveen was fatally stabbed in New Orleans 7th Ward on Monday, making her the second transgender woman to be killed in the city since Saturday. Just a few days earlier, Chyna Doll Dupree was found fatally shot outside of a clothing store.
McElveen’s death makes here the sixth reported transgender murder victim of 2017.
Chyna Doll Dupree, a Black transgender woman, was shot and killed in New Orleans on Saturday night. Her body was found outside of a clothing store in New Orleans East after people nearby heard 8 to 10 gunshots.
On February 17, 2005, New York City transit workers stumbled across two suspicious garbage bags beside the train tracks at the Nostrand Avenue stop in Brooklyn. The bags were filled with the remains of a dismembered 19-year-old queer Black man, Rashawn Brazell, who was supposed to meet with his mother for lunch that Valentine’s Day but never showed up.
2016 was difficult as it became the deadliest year on record for transgender people in the United States with 27 reported victims. Nearly half of which were Black. Unfortunately, 2017 didn’t take long to show that this tragedy wasn’t left in the past.
Mesha Caldwell, a hairstylist from Mississippi was found murdered 30 miles outside of Canton on the side of the road.
Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow was found murdered Friday night after a neighbor noticed a “strong odor” coming from her apartment. When Sioux Falls, South Dakota police arrived, they discovered her body, according to Mic.
“Tunkasila has called another one of our community members home,” read a statement on the Sioux Falls Two-Spirit and Allies Facebook group page, which Wounded Arrow was a member of. “Our hearts are broken as we will miss her very much. So again, prayers are needed. Pilamaye.”