Brandi SealsAge 26
13 Dec 2017
Houston, Texas (USA)
TDoR list ref: tgeu/13-Dec-2017/Brandi Seals
Brandi was shot dead in the street in the early hours of the morning.
The body of Brandi Seals, 26, was found outside a home under construction in a Southeastern neighborhood of Houston on Wednesday morning. Neighbors have reported hearing gunshots.
She has been misgendered both by police and in early media reports.
Her aunt, Maria Cheeks, called her “a loving person” and “a beautiful person” and called for justice. Vigils were held this week, both at the site where her body was recovered and in front of Houston City Hall.
Like many trans women in the USA, she was reportedly undertaking sex work in order to fund medical treatment.
Police have suggested Brandi was killed by someone after they realised she was a transgender woman.
The Advocate and HRC, 14.12.2017