Ava Le’Ray Barrin is the 14th reported transgender murder victim of 2017. She’s also the youngest to date in a crime trend that disproportionately affects transgender women of color.
Ebony Archie left her car running with her son asleep in the back seat when she stopped at a grocery store on Thursday. When she came back outside, her car and her son, Kingston Frazier, were both missing. They were both found, with the six-year-old shot dead in the backseat, hours later, according to the New York Times.
Local police have arrested three suspects in connection to Frazier’s death. Dwan Wakefield, D’Allen Washington, and Byron McBride will all be charged with capital murder and are being held without bail. McBride, the oldest of the trip at 19 years old, was allegedly the one to pull the trigger.
Chay Reed, 28, was shot and killed in Miami, Fla. this past Friday, making her the ninth reported homicide victim of 2017 who was a transgender woman of color.
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.