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Jenny De Leon

Age 25 (born 8 Dec 1995)

2 Nov 2021
Tampa, Florida (USA)

Jenny De Leon
Jenny De Leon [photo:]

Jenny was found dead on the morning of Tuesday 2nd November and her death is being treated as homicide. She was homeless and was being supported by PFLAG Tampa.

The death of Jenny De Leon, a 25-year-old Guatemalan trans woman, marks the 46th violent death of a trans person in America reported thus far in 2021, continuing an anti-trans violence epidemic that has already been declared the worst year on record.

Police found De Leon’s body outside of a house in the Sulphur Springs neighborhood in Tampa, Florida on November 2 before 6 a.m., according to local Fox affiliate Fox 13. Little else is known about her death at this time, but the Tampa Police Department noted in a Facebook post that De Leon was experiencing homelessness.

De Leon was able to find placement in a home through two members of PFLAG Tampa, a local chapter of a national LGBTQ+ organization, according to a statement released November 10 on the chapter’s Facebook page. The organization also wrote that it was “devastated” to hear of De Leon’s murder, and that she had attended chapter meetings seeking support at the outset of her transition.

“Jenny was an enigmatic, bright soul with enough energy to fill any room,” the organization wrote.

Report added: 15 Nov 2021. Last updated: 22 Nov 2021

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