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.
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.
Brandi Bledsoe, 23, is at least the 23rd transgender person to be murdered this year. Her body was found in a driveway in Cleveland by a five-year-old riding his bike with his older brother.
According to the Advocate, Bledsoe’s death was the result of a gunshot wound to the chest. She was found with plastic bags over her head and both hands.