Brenda Bostick, 59, has died after being found unconscious in Chelsea last week. The New York Post reports that her death is being investigated as a homicide as she was found with a head wound.
The medical examiner ruled Monday that the cause of death was severe head trauma after she was hit with an object. Bostick, a transgender woman, was found about half an hour after someone called 911 to report an assault in the area. She was later taken to Bellevue Hospital where she died.
Bostick’s death makes her the tenth transgender woman murdered in the United States this year, reports New Now Next.
“Transgender woman are targeted all too often for severe and deadly violence,” said New York City Anti-Violence Project Executive Director Beverly Tillery in a statement. “We are facing a crisis of violence.”
“Ten transgender woman have already been killed so far in 2017, nine have been Black transgender woman and one woman was Native,” she concluded. “As a society we can stop this epidemic by hiring trans women of color, making sure they have safe places to live and standing up when we see or hear them being demeaned and attacked and simply by valuing their lives. The moment to act is now.”