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Yunieski Carey Herrera ("Yuni")

Age 34

17 Nov 2020
Miami, Florida (USA)

Yunieski Carey Herrera ("Yuni")
Yunieski Carey Herrera ("Yuni") [photo:]

Yuni was killed by her estranged husband while he was under the influence of methamphetamine. He has been arrested and has confessed to the murder.

The LGBTQ community in Miami (FL) is mourning the death of Yunieski (Yuni), a beloved transgender woman. Her body was found by police inside her apartment, on the 19th floor of the condominium. According to reports, detectives identified the killer as Ygor [Arrudasouza] who confessed to being under the influence of methamphetamine when he used a knife and fork to kill her during a fit of jealousy.

The attacker confessed on Wednesday (18) in the Miami-Dade County courtroom that he had inflicted 36 stab wounds that ended his wife's life. Bail was denied, he was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. In television images broadcast by the local media, the alleged killer was seen with his head down, wiping tears and wearing an anti-suicide vest, because he had apparently tried to kill himself.

Arrudasouza has a history of violence and at the time of the murder he was subject to a restraining order.

Ygor Arrudasouza told police that he killed Yuni Carey Herrera in a meth-addled fit of jealousy this morning when she told him she found a better man. According to police Ygor ArrudaSouza called 911 this morning after stabbing his estranged wife multiple times.

When police arrived, they said Arrudasouza spontaneously mentioned that meth had screwed up his life and once again admitted to stabbing his wife. Investigators found Yuni Carey Herrera lying on the floor, covered in blood and suffering from stab wounds according to NBC Miami

She later died in her condo in the Art Plaza Tower, on 58 NE 14th St.

Arrudasouza had a recent history of violence according to Local Miami-Dade County court records show he was arrested in January on three battery charges. The case remains open and he has a trial hearing on March 8.

Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation records show Arrudasouza has an immigration hold and he was out on a felony bond when the murder happened. He is being held without bond at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.

Ygor Arrudasouza faces one count of second-degree murder and one count of aggravated battery for the murder of Yuni Carey Herrera.

Yuni's social media profiles are:

Report added: 6 Dec 2020. Last updated: 2 Jan 2021

Fendi Mon'ezah Armstrong ("Peaches")

Age 39

12 Nov 2020
Lithonia, Georgia (USA)

Fendi Mon'ezah Armstrong ("Peaches")
Fendi Mon'ezah Armstrong ("Peaches") [photo:]

Fendi was found dead from a gunshot wound in a motel room.

On November 12, 2020 the body of Fendi Mon’ezah Armstrong was discovered in a motel room near Lithonia, Georgia. Fendi was a 39-year-old Black trans woman. She was deceased when police arrived. Police have not yet released any information. Here’s a link to the initial reporting. Please note that it does misgender and deadname Fendi.

DeKalb County police are investigating after a [individual] was shot and killed inside a motel room Wednesday night.

Armstrong, 39, was discovered in a room at the Knights Inn on Panola Road, according to police. [S]he was dead at the scene.

A police spokeswoman said Thursday detectives are still looking into the circumstances surrounding the shooting. No information about a possible motive or suspects was released.

Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, she recently lived in Charlotte, North Carolina before relocating to Decatur, Georgia. A self-described aspiring motivational heath and beauty advisor, she was known as Peaches.

It is stunning to realize that police have turned up nothing in such a long period of time, but at this point all we know is that Fendi was found shot dead. There’s no indication from authorities that her gunshot wound was self-inflicted so the natural conclusion is someone else shot her. I’m not sure why her story isn’t more robustly explored, but I will try to find out. She was laid to rest. She is missed.

Rest in power, Peaches. You deserved a long lifetime to pursue your aspirations and be with your loved ones. May your memory by a revolution. May the person who robbed you of your life be found and held accountable. May we continue to say her name.

Fendi's Facebook and Instagram profiles are and

Report added: 31 Jan 2021

Skylar Heath

Age 20

4 Nov 2020
Liberty City, Miami, Florida (USA)

Skylar Heath
Skylar Heath [photo:]

Skylar was shot on 4th November, but due to misgendering and deadnaming her murder was not reported until over two weeks later.

Twenty-year-old Miami trans woman Skyler Heath was murdered on November 4, 2020, but due to misgendering and deadnaming, we are just learning about her death. Miami-Dade police found Skyler Heath in the vicinity of NW 14 Court and NW 82 Street, Miami, Florida at 4:13 am.

It is not yet known the circumstances surrounding her death or where she was pronounced dead.

We first learned of her murder on Social Media and by the Human Rights Campaign article asking for information.

The obituary also misgendered and deadnamed Skyler Heath. She was laid to rest on November 21, 2020.

Skylar was described as a “kind and gentle soul” who “had such a love for family and close friends” and who also “loved people in general.” She had a “warm personality” and a “friendly spirit,” and brought people who knew her “so much joy.”

Report added: 2 Dec 2020. Last updated: 6 Dec 2020

Angel Haynes ("Angel Unique")

Age 25

25 Oct 2020
Whitehaven, Memphis, Tennessee (USA)

Angel Haynes ("Angel Unique")
Angel Haynes ("Angel Unique") [photo:]

Angel was found with gunshot wound(s) at a motel early on Sunday 25th October. She died at the scene.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis Police say a woman was found shot to death at a Motel 6 in Whitehaven Sunday morning.

Police responded to the Motel 6 on East Brooks Road near Fontaine Road at 2:19 a.m. Sunday. Memphis Police say the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

WREG-TV spoke with several guests off camera. One man told WREG-TV he stopped here overnight trying to get rest on his way to St. Louis. But he was awakened by the sound of sirens.

Another guest, who said he lives at the motel and described seeing the victim’s lifeless body, moments before emergency crews arrived. He went on to say this was something he will not soon forget.

Report added: 6 Nov 2020. Last updated: 26 Nov 2020

Sara Blackwood

Age 29

11 Oct 2020
Indianapolis (USA)

Sara Blackwood
Sara Blackwood [photo:]

Sara was shot while walking home from work at around 10pm on Sunday 11th October.

Another transgender American has died by violence, bringing this year’s total of trans or gender-nonconforming homicide victims in the nation to 33.

Sara Blackwood, 29, was shot around 10 p.m. Sunday in Indianapolis, The Indianapolis Star reports. She died shortly afterward at a local hospital.

Police said she was apparently walking home from work when she was shot, Indianapolis TV station WXIN reports. She had worked at a Kroger grocery store for several years, but she was on her way home from a different job, according to the station.

“She was very sweet and a very good person,” her friend Jimmy Johnson, a Kroger coworker, told the station. She provided excellent service to customers, he said. “She was very quick, so if they had a problem at the self-checkout, she would be right there,” he noted.

“The world at large is missing a very kind, responsible person,” Johnson added.

The following month Johnny Viverette Jr., 32, was arrested for her murder.

Report added: 23 Oct 2020. Last updated: 26 Nov 2020

Brooklyn DeShauna Smith

Age 20

7 Oct 2020
Shreveport, Louisiana (USA)

Brooklyn DeShauna Smith
Brooklyn DeShauna Smith [photo:]

Brooklyn's body was found in her apartment.

It has happened again.

On Wednesday, October 7, 2020, the body of Brooklyn DeShauna Smith was discovered at 2:15 in the afternoon in a Shreveport, Louisiana apartment complex [at the 7200 block of Bernstein Avenue]. Cause of death was gun shot. Brooklyn was a 20-year-old Black trans woman.

Brooklyn was born and raised in Shreveport. She studied cosmetology at Bossier Parish Community College and had worked as a call center agent. Her social media was full of positivity, good humor, and family support – the typical content you expect from a 20-year-old young woman. She was vibrant and eager to embrace what the world had to offer.

Brook had turned 20 on September 20, 2020. She celebrated with loved ones. Then this – shot and left to die.

Brooklyn or Brook as she was known is the 32nd trans and gender nonconforming person murdered to date in 2020 in the United States. She is the 21st Black trans person and the 20th Black trans woman murdered. She is the 5th person from Louisiana, all of whom were Black trans women. She is one of 12 victims age 25 or younger and one of the four youngest total – Yampi Mendez Arocho was 19, Helle Jae O’Regan was also 20, and Brayla Stone was just 17.

Brooklyn's Facebook profile is

Report added: 23 Oct 2020

Felycya Harris

Age 33

3 Oct 2020
Augusta, Georgia (USA)

Felycya Harris
Felycya Harris [photo:]

Felycya's body was found in a park next to an elementary school. She was an interior decorator who ran her own company and also taught dance.

A Black transgender woman was found dead in a Georgia park on Saturday, a scenario that has played out far too many times for the trans community this year.

Felycya Harris, a 33-year-old interior decorator who also taught dance, was discovered in Meadowbrook Park in Augusta, Georgia. The modestly sized recreational area is adjacent to an elementary school of the same name, located on the southwestern outskirts of the state capital.

According to the Augusta Chronicle newspaper, Harris died as a result of gunshot wounds. Her death was ruled as a homicide by Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen, although a motive is unknown and a suspect has yet to be identified.

Local community members claimed they are in the dark regarding the circumstances which led up to her tragic death.

“We don’t know what happened — only God knows,” friend and supporter Angela Bales told the Chronicle, one of dozens rallying in her name under “Justice for Felycya” posts on Twitter and Facebook. “We’ve got to have some sort of justice for her.”

The Human Rights Campaign paid tribute to her, calling her a young woman whose life was “full of promise.”

“Felycya... ran her own company where she enjoyed lending her eye to improve the surroundings of others, and made others feel comfortable in their own space,” the organization said. “She said she could do ‘just about anything with decorating,’ which she learned from her late grandmother.”

Felycya's Facebook profile is

Report added: 23 Oct 2020

Michellyn Ramos Vargas

Age 35

30 Sep 2020
San Germán, Puerto Rico (USA)

TDoR list ref: tgeu/30-Sep-2020/Michellyn Ramos Vargas

Michellyn Ramos Vargas
Michellyn Ramos Vargas [photo:]

Michellyn's body was found on a rural road early on Wednesday 30th September.

SAN GERMÁN - The Mayagüez CIC investigators were trying to find out if the transgender woman Michellyn Ramos Vargas, 35, whose body was found at dawn today in the Sabana Grande Abajo neighborhood was taken at night from the El Carmen village, where she lived a short time ago or if she was cajoled by an individual with whom she may have shared in a motel in Cabo Rojo.

Late in the afternoon there were few confidences to identify the author or authors of the murder of Michellyn, also nicknamed Kiri Kiri, who was a native of the La Plata neighborhood in Lajas.

The body was found at dawn by a citizen in front of the gate of a farm near the bridge at kilometer 10.2 of the PR -114 on the stretch from San Germán to Hormigueros.

Michellyn's relatives arrived at the scene where they identified her. They were interviewed by agents of the Homicide Division of the Mayagüez CIC. Michellyn studied nursing and was working in a factory in Sabana Grande. She had been living in the El Carmen farmhouse for a short time, possibly with a friend.,_6th_killing_this_year

Report added: 1 Oct 2020. Last updated: 28 Feb 2021

Mia Green

Age 29

28 Sep 2020
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA)

TDoR list ref: tgeu/28-Sep-2020/Mia Green

Mia Green
Mia Green [photo:]

Mia was found with a gunshot wound after a vehicle was stopped by police for a traffic violation. The driver was arrested.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- A man has been arrested in connection with the death of a transgender woman in Philadelphia on Monday morning.

Police say around 8 a.m. on Monday, officers observed the driver of a 2016 Jeep Wrangler disregard a stop sign near 41st Street and Westminister Avenue.

After initiating a motor vehicle stop, officers were approached by the driver stating that his passenger was suffering from a gunshot wound.

Police say the victim, 29-year-old Mia Green was rushed to the hospital for a gunshot wound to the neck. She was later pronounced dead.

Philadelphia's Office of LGBT Affairs identified Green as a member of the transgender community, calling the killing "a somber reminder of the epidemic of violence against trans individuals."

Police say the driver of the Jeep, Abdullah lbn El-Amin Jaamia, 28, is facing murder charges.

Report added: 1 Oct 2020. Last updated: 13 Jan 2021

Aerrion Burnett

Age 37 (born 21 Sep 1982)

19 Sep 2020
Independence, Missouri (USA)

TDoR list ref: tgeu/19-Sep-2020/Aerrion Burnett

Aerrion Burnett
Aerrion Burnett [photo:]

Aerrion's body was found in a grassy area with gunshot wounds two days before her 38th birthday.

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Detectives in Independence continue to seek tips in the murder of a transgender woman last weekend.

Aerrion Burnett, 37, was found shot and killed Sept. 19 near 13th and Brookside. Her body was in a grassy area near the road.

While police are still searching for a motive and the suspect, her family waits.

“Aerrion was a beautiful soul,” said her sister, Tamara Griffin. “I don’t care what time of the day, evening, what day it was, Aerrion stayed the same, kept the same attitude. She was someone that you would have loved to have in your life.”

“Aerrion was a Barbie,” Korea Kelly told KITV Island News at a vigil held Tuesday. Describing her friend as “a goddess,” Kelly remembered Aerrion as “the person you wanted by your side.”

Burnett’s best friend and transgender woman Dee Dee Pearson was also violently killed in the area. Pearson was murdered on Christmas Eve in 2011 by a man who became enraged when he learned she was transgender after the pair had sex.

“As a friend, and both of those are my friends who both got killed the same way, and being a Black trans woman myself, that hurts like hell,” Kelly continued. “It’s a pain that I can’t fathom. It’s a pain that I don’t know how to fathom or to tell anyone how I’m feeling.”

Aerrion's Facebook profile is

Report added: 26 Sep 2020. Last updated: 13 Jan 2021

Gia Valentina Romualdo Rodríguez

Age 46

15 Sep 2020
Miami, Florida (USA)
Cosmetic filler complications

Gia Valentina Romualdo Rodríguez
Gia Valentina Romualdo Rodríguez [photo:]

Gia died from an embolism shortly after a surgical procedure to inject fat into her buttocks in a procedure known as a "Brazilian butt lift" in a private clinic.

MIAMI — Gia Romualdo-Rodriguez traveled from New York to Miami for surgery at Xiluet, a clinic that specializes in breast enhancements, tummy tucks and Brazilian butt lifts.

But during surgery this week, her oxygen levels and heart rate plunged. Unable to save her, the surgeon called 911. Romualdo-Rodriguez was rushed to Kendall Regional Hospital, according to Miami-Dade police, but it was too late.

She died at age 46. The Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office said Thursday that Romualdo-Rodriguez’s death has been ruled accidental — the result of an embolism caused by fat injected into her buttocks.

The case was the latest Brazilian butt-lift death in Miami, which draws women and men from across the country willing to risk the oft-dangerous surgery for bigger and rounder buttocks. At least 20 people have died in Florida in the past decade because of complications from the procedure, almost all of them in Miami, according to one researcher who tracks the deaths.

Fatalities involved in the popular procedure have happened so frequently that the Florida Board of Medicine last year set new restrictions for surgeons. The rule prohibits surgeons from injecting fat into or below a patient’s gluteal muscles because of the risk of piercing the gluteal vein, which can cause fat clots to travel to the heart and lungs, leading those organs to fail.

During a Brazilian butt lift, surgeons remove fat from a patient’s stomach using liposuction. The fat is treated and then grafted to the buttocks by injection. The rule adopted by the Board of Medicine requires doctors to inject the fat above the muscle and below the skin.

Gia had Mexican nationality and had recently been granted asylum in the United States. Reportedly she was also planning to undergo breast augmentation surgery.

Gia's Instagram profile is

Report added: 19 Sep 2020. Last updated: 23 Oct 2020

Isabella Mia Lofton

Age 21

7 Sep 2020
Brooklyn, New York (USA)
Cause unknown

Isabella Mia Lofton
Isabella Mia Lofton [photo:]

Isabella's body was found partly unclothed and wrapped in a plastic tarp on the sidewalk. Authorities claimed she was intoxicated and had fallen from a building.

A Black transgender woman from Chicago was found dead in Brooklyn on the morning of Sept. 7, but the circumstances surrounding her death remain in question and a woman who identified herself as the victim’s sister suspects she could have been killed.

Police responded to a call at 8:30 a.m. on that Monday morning regarding an unconscious individual at 9720 Kings Highway in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, and when they arrived they found the victim unconscious and unresponsive in the “rear” of the adjacent building at 277 Rockaway Parkway. EMS workers pronounced her dead when they arrived, and amNew York Metro reported that police found the victim partly unclothed and wrapped in a plastic tarp.

Police later identified her as 21-year-old Gianna Lofton of Chicago, but Stantasia Jones, who said she is the victim’s sister, said her sibling was known as Isabella Mia Lofton.

Jones said that New York police detectives informed her that an autopsy on her sister revealed that she was intoxicated and accidentally fell to her death from a rooftop to a lower roof landing attached to the same building. Jones said the autopsy revealed her sister had cocaine in her system.

But Jones, who explained that a detective shared photos of her late sister’s body in an effort to identify her, isn’t convinced that her sister’s death was accidental. “I don’t believe it,” Jones said. “I think there was some foul play and our plan is to get her another autopsy.”

Jones said the photos she viewed showed her sister’s body from the chest up. Jones pointed to what she felt were inconsistencies in the photos she saw of her late sister’s body, saying that “there was nothing wrong with her hair,” despite falling from a rooftop several stories high, and she wondered why she did not notice any visible signs of bleeding.

She also found it difficult to believe her sister would have been able to reach the rooftop if she was as inebriated as friends who had been with Lofton described. She asked, “If you’re stumbling drunk, how could you make it to the fifth or sixth floor?”

Jones is worried her sister could have been raped, killed, and wrapped in plastic, though she did not present any direct information that leads her to believe that.

Report added: 27 Sep 2020. Last updated: 9 Nov 2020

Elie Che

Age 23

31 Aug 2020
The Bronx, New York (USA)

Elie Che
Elie Che [photo:]

Elie was found in an unresponsive state on Orchard Beach in the Bronx on the morning of Monday 31st August. Police and local media repeatedly deadnamed her.

Subsequently it was reported that there were no signs of trauma or struggle and that she had drowned.

A 23-year-old woman that police say was found dead at Orchard Beach in the Bronx on the morning on August 31 was transgender, according to news reports as well as to the confused manner in which the NYPD described its discovery of the death.

Police found the woman unconscious and unresponsive in the sand near Orchard Beach Road and Park Drive at approximately 6:09 a.m. EMS responders arrived shortly thereafter and pronounced her dead.

There are very few additional details surrounding the circumstances of the individual’s death. An investigation is underway and the NYPD is awaiting a cause of death from the medical examiner. Gay City News has contacted the medical examiner to seek further updates when they become available.

Police identified the individual as a woman but appeared to deadname her with a male first name in an email. Gay City News does not have confirmed information about the name by which she identified herself. She resided in Manhattan at 306 West 139 Street, according to the NYPD. The police did not immediately respond to an email seeking clarification about the individual’s gender identity, but NBC New York reported that she was a transgender woman.

Elie's Instagram profile is

Report added: 2 Sep 2020. Last updated: 21 Sep 2020

Lea Rayshon Daye

30 Aug 2020
Cleveland, Ohio (USA)
Died in custody

Lea Rayshon Daye
Lea Rayshon Daye [photo:]

Lea died in Cuyahoga County Jail after being wrongfully jailed by a transphobic judge. When picking up her belongings her mother found a letter denouncing the conditions there.

Lea was homeless at the time of her arrest.

In Cleveland, Ohio, a 28-year-old transgender woman, who died in her cell at Cuyahoga County Jail last month, left a hidden letter denouncing the jail’s horrid conditions. The letter was found by her mother after picking up her daughter’s belongings. In the letter, Lea Daye wrote prisoners were served food that was cold, smelled bad and tasted like cleaning chemicals. Daye said the jail also failed to provide cleaning supplies and that the conditions had only gotten worse during the COVID-19 pandemic.

At a virtual press conference on 4th September local community representative expressed their anger over conditions at the jail.

Anger over the tragic death of 28-year-old Lea Rayshon Daye in Cleveland’s Cuyahoga County Jail came out forcefully in a virtual press conference held Sept. 4. Daye’s was the second jail death here in less than two months and the 11th in two years. Found unresponsive in her cell Aug. 30, the Black trans woman died in a city deemed “an epicenter for America’s trans murder crisis” by an Aug. 17 op-ed piece in the Cleveland Scene.

Like Michael Wormick, who died in the same jail on July 8, Daye was houseless at the time of her arrest. Her death spotlighted the intersectionality of racism, transphobia, poverty and mass incarceration.

The news conference featured speakers on all these issues, including representatives of the Coalition to Stop the Inhumanity at the Cuyahoga County Jail, Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless (NEOCH), Equality Ohio, Trans Ohio and the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland.

Rev. Reegie Bunch of the Jail Coalition condemned “the final indignity of misgendering” by jail authorities and then the news media. Ellie Turan, the Community Center’s Director of Development and author of the above mentioned op-ed, called Daye’s death “an extension of lynching.” Gwen Stembridge of Equality Ohio pointed out that half of all Black trans women spend time in prison, and Chris Knestrick of NEOCH added that 30% of transgender people experience homelessness and declared that “housing is a human right.”

Devinity Jones, founder and coordinator of the Community Center’s Trans Wellness Program, spoke movingly about her own experiences with the so-called “justice system.” When she appeared in court to pay a fine, a transphobic judge wrongfully sentenced her to 60 days in jail after making blatantly bigoted comments. In jail, she was subjected to a range of abuses.

Jones was celled with a cisgender male prisoner. Like numerous other prisoners she slept on a mat on the floor, was fed horrible food, had inadequate medical care, was denied basic hygiene and was abused by the vicious guards known as “the men in black.” A guard sexually assaulted her while she was taking a shower. Several years ago her friend Mahogany, also a Black trans woman, died in jail when authorities denied her anti-seizure medication.

On 3rd September the statement below had been released by the North East Ohio Coalition for the Homeless:

Cleveland, OH, September 2, 2020—The Coalition to Stop the Inhumanity at the Cuyahoga County Jail, Equality Ohio, The Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, and The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland decries the loss of another life at the Cuyahoga Jail: Lea Rayshon Daye, a black trans woman. At only 28 years old, she was found unresponsive by correctional officers early Sunday morning. Lea joins ten other people who have passed away in the Cuyahoga County Jail, which has been called “the worst in the country” by the US Marshals inspection report.

“Transgender people are being murdered across the United States and the City of Cleveland has one of the highest rates based on our population,” said Maya Simekfrom Equality Ohio. “The system that continues to fail Black, brown and LGBTQ+ Ohioans is completely inept when interacting with those at the intersection of race and LGBTQ+ identity by not protecting them, especially in state custody.”

After society failed Lea, the final indignity was being misgendered in death. Lea spent the last 105 days of her life in the custody of a system that could not even afford her the basic dignity of releasing and reporting to the public her correct name and gender after her passing. Those that knew her said that she would have hated that.

With reports about increased “red zoning,” a practice of locking people down for 27 or more hours in their cells and withholding basic hygiene items, it is clear that the issues within our jail have not been addressed. The jail population hovers around 1,000 people and even though the staff has increased to a robust size, we have seen two more inmate deaths in the last month alone and the death of a correctional officer who contracted COVID-19 while working at the jail.

“Even the cleanest and most well-staffed jail in the world is still a predatory and abusive institution, and the vast majority of inmates incarcerated long-term in county jails are there due to an inability to afford bail, escape poverty, or access social services,” said Chrissy Stonebraker-Martinez from the Cuyahoga County Jail Coalition. “A cottage industry of bail bonds has risen up to prey upon the desperation of these individuals and posts record profits every year. It is for this reason that cash bail must be abolished entirely.”

“The last two people who died in jail had experienced homelessness and these deaths at the county jail cannot become routine.” said Chris Knestrick from the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless. “Like the lives lost through police murder, mass shootings, and the covid pandemic, these are not isolated instances. They are symptoms of the deep systemic rot that places property and profit above human life and human dignity.”

We call on our community, elected officials, and non-profit organizations to honor those whose lives were cut short by demanding justice and accountability. The victims of the Cuyahoga County Jail should not be forgotten and black trans lives should not be erased. Join us in fighting for a fairer, freer, and more equitable justice system in Cuyahoga County.

“There is a direct correlation between the uprisings regarding racial equity and the increased public awareness about the murdering of trans people,” said Ellie Turan, the Director of Development at the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland. “The time we are living in is creating a spark that's causing people to see the murders of our trans neighbors as a major problem.”

We will honor their lives prior to the moment they were ended at the Cuyahoga County Jail. We ask our community to join us in saying their names: Theodore Carter. Allan Martin. Gomez Roman. Randall Kain. Larry Johnson. Brenden Kiekisz. Nicholas Colbert. Joseph Arquillo. Esteban Parra. Gregory Fox. Michael Wormick. Lea Daye.

Report added: 9 Nov 2020

Rukia Isis Bemer

Age 22 (born 26 Jun 1998)

30 Aug 2020
Lakewood, Ohio (USA)

Rukia Isis Bemer
Rukia Isis Bemer [photo:]

Rukia's body was found on railroad tracks in the inner Cleveland suburb of Lakewood. She had been hit by a train.

LAKEWOOD, Ohio (WJW) — Lakewood police are investigating after a woman was struck and killed by a train on Sunday.

According to the department, officers were notified around 4:45 p.m. that someone had been hit by a westbound train. While searching the area, they discovered a woman’s body near the railroad tracks just west of [1313] Cove Avenue.

No other details about the incident were made available.

Eliana Turan, Director Of Development at The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland said:

"Transgender woman Rukia Isis Bemer died around the same time as Lea. The authorities found her body on railroad tracks in the inner Cleveland suburb of Lakewood, very near where I live. She was only 22.

We still do not know if she died of suicide, or if it was an accident or foul play. Most of the media coverage focused on Lea’s death [Lea Rayshon Daye, who died the same day in Cleveland], so we don’t know very much about Rukia’s passing."

According to the police report, video recorded from the train shows her walking eastbound towards the westbound train - with her head up and wearing earphones. The train blew its whistle continuously before hitting her.

Rukia's obituary describes her as "a lifelong resident of Lakewood and a pioneer to the LGBTQ community there. She was a free spirit with a beautiful soul who loved nature, music, and magic. She was truly a unique and magnetic young woman and would light up any room she entered."

Her Facebook profiles are:, and

Report added: 10 Nov 2020. Last updated: 11 Nov 2020

Shelley Lynn Rose

Age 16 (born 28 Oct 2003)

26 Aug 2020

Shelley Lynn Rose
Shelley Lynn Rose [photo:]

Shelley died by suicide. In death her parents tried to erase her identity, but her partner is trying to keep her memory alive.

Her partner set up the Instagram account in her memory.

“My name is Jeph Stevenson. Shelley Rose was my soulmate, my romantic partner, my best friend for two years, and the reason I am the man I am today. And I’m here to tell her story.

Shelley suffered from gender dysphoria from a very young age, and by the time she was in her teens, it was crippling. In February 2020, she finally came out to me, and I told her I would do everything in my power to get her the affirming care she needed.

The only problem, however, is that her parents were abusive, negligent of her overall declining mental health, and extremely transphobic.

There were so many nights I spent on FaceTime with Shelley, watching her put on makeup, stuff her bra and try to find pieces of clothing that could give her relief from the dysphoria. Her parents, however, threw away all her feminine clothes and the makeup she had bought. All she wanted was to be treated like the beautiful woman she was, and instead, she was met with disgust, abuse and bullying, both from her family and her co-workers at her waitressing job.

Shelley was forced to wear a male uniform, and tuck her long hair into a hat so customers didn’t get “offended”. Older male customers would refuse to give her tips for waiting on their tables, and would complain to her face, “damn, I thought I’d get one of those pretty waitresses.”

On August 26, 2020, Shelley had decided that she couldn’t handle this anymore. She was recently in the process for a diagnosis of PTSD, as well as rapidly developing borderline personality disorder, and she knew she was loosing the fight.

Shelley was always one for symbolism, both in her artwork and the way she interacted with me. She was a hopeless romantic and she always made a big statement with whatever she did.

And that’s why, when she decided to take her own life that evening, she curled up in her closet and passed away. She had been forced into a metaphorical closet her whole life, and so that’s where she chose to die.

Now, she is being buried as a male and her tombstone will have her deadname on it. Shelley deserves better. She deserves to be remembered for the beautiful woman she was, a talented artist, and a singer with the voice of an angel.

I am the only one who was truly close to her. I’m the only one who can get this information out there for the world to see. Please, spread this like wildfire. Let us immortalize her sweet soul so the world can know the true name and identity of the girl who died. #shelleylynnrose“

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Report added: 23 Sep 2020. Last updated: 23 Oct 2020

Kee Sam

Age 24

13 Aug 2020
Lafayette, Louisiana (USA)

TDoR list ref: tgeu/12-Aug-2020/Kee Sam

Kee Sam
Kee Sam [photo:]

Kee was found in a hotel suffering from a gunshot wound on Wednesday 12th August. She died in hospital the following day.

Another Black trans woman has been brutally slain in America. Kee Sam, 24, of Lafayette, Louisiana, was found suffering from a gunshot wound in a hotel on NE Evangeline Thruway [in the in 2200 block] on Wednesday, August 12. She was rushed to a local hospital, but passed away from her injuries the following day. Police have arrested a juvenile in connection with her killing. Sam is believed to be at least the 28th transgender person violently killed this year in the United States and Puerto Rico.

Police were called to the hotel in northern Lafayette in the afternoon of August 12. There they found Sam in critical condition. Officers administered first aid at the scene before transporting her to the hospital, where she subsequently passed away. Early media reports on her murder misgendered Sam and used her deadname. HRC estimates that nearly 75 percent of all known trans victims are misgendered by the media, law enforcement, and office holders.

Sam’s death is the third violent killing of a trans person in Louisiana in as many months. In July, Shaki Peters, 32, was found dead in the town of Amite near Baton Rouge. Her death is being investigated as a homicide, although police released few details about the cause of death. Later that same month Queasha D Hardy, 24, was gunned down in broad daylight in Baton Rouge. She was found lying in the street shortly after noon and died at the scene.

Kee's Instagram profile is

Report added: 1 Oct 2020. Last updated: 13 Jan 2021

Janelle Ariana Briscoe

Age 23 (born 4 May 1997)

7 Aug 2020
Smiths, Alabama (USA)

Janelle Ariana Briscoe
Janelle Ariana Briscoe [photo:]

Janelle died by suicide.

Janelle Ariana Briscoe born May 4th 1997 tragically and suddenly passed away last night August 7th 2020. This was very sudden and unexpected. The family is doing as much as they can but we need as much help as we can get. She was such a kind sweet soul and deserves to have some kind of memorial/funeral. All donations will 100% go to her family. Please share and donate if you can. Anything helps. We all miss her so much, and just don’t know what to do. Please keep us all in your thoughts and prayers, share share share please!!!

Her Twitter and Facebook profiles are and

Report added: 8 Nov 2020. Last updated: 9 Nov 2020

Aja Raquell Rhone-Spears ("Rocky Rhone")

Age 32

28 Jul 2020
Portland, Oregon (USA)

TDoR list ref: tgeu/29-Jul-2020/Aja Raquell Rhone-Spears

Aja Raquell Rhone-Spears ("Rocky Rhone")
Aja Raquell Rhone-Spears ("Rocky Rhone") [photo:]

Aja was one of two people stabbed after a fight broke out at a vigil for Tyrell Penney, who was killed in a recent shooting.

One person was killed in a stabbing on Tuesday night at a vigil for another homicide victim earlier this week.

Aja Raquell Rhone-Spears, 32, was one of two people stabbed at a home on Northeast 92nd Place near East Burnside Street. Portland police have not identified the second person or disclosed that person’s current condition.

Portland police say the stabbing happened at a vigil for Tyrell Penney, who was killed in a recent shooting. Police say about 20 or 30 people were at the vigil, when a fight broke out among several people that led to the stabbings.

Aja's Facebook profiles are and

Report added: 1 Aug 2020. Last updated: 13 Jan 2021

Queasha Hardy

Age 24

27 Jul 2020
Baton Rouge, Louisiana (USA)

TDoR list ref: tgeu/27-Jul-2020/Queasha D Hardy

Queasha Hardy
Queasha Hardy [photo:]

Queasha was found shot to death on a street on the afternoon of Monday 27th July. Local media deadnamed her.

The body of a 24-year-old transgender woman was discovered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Monday after the victim allegedly sustained fatal gunshot wounds. Although local media initially identified the deceased by her deadname, community members identified her as Queasha Hardy, a stylist who operated a popular hair salon in town.

Hardy was found in the street in Windsor Place, a residential neighborhood on the far east end of Baton Rouge, at approximately 1 p.m. on Monday. She is reported to have passed away at the scene of the crime, and police have yet to identify a suspect.

Hardy, a hairstylist, was extremely loved by her community. On Facebook, many, many loved ones of Hardy are sharing memories of their time together. One person posted a video of Hardy dancing spontaneously with friends. Another friend remembered Hardy doing her hair and the joy she felt at “looking fly for [her] baby shower.” Others describe her as loyal, loving, “always smiling,” “the life of all parties” and “truly one of a kind.”

Queasha's Facebook and Instagram profiles are and

Report added: 31 Jul 2020. Last updated: 28 Feb 2021

Tiffany Harris ("Dior H Ova")

Age 32

26 Jul 2020
The Bronx, New York (USA)

TDoR list ref: tgeu/26-Jul-2020/Tiffany Harris

Tiffany Harris ("Dior H Ova")
Tiffany Harris ("Dior H Ova") [photo:]

Tiffany was stabbed in the hallway of an apartment building in the early hours of Sunday 26th July. A man she had a relationship with is being sought for questioning.

She died in hospital 45 minutes later.

FORDHAM MANOR, the Bronx — Police are looking for a man in connection with the fatal stabbing of a woman in a Bronx apartment building early Sunday, according to the NYPD.

Authorities said officers responded to a 911 call just after 1:30 a.m. and discovered an unconscious woman with a stab wound to the chest in the third-floor hallway of a building on Jerome Avenue, near West 192nd Street, in the Fordham Manor section of the borough.

The woman was rushed to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead around 2:20 a.m., police said.

Officials have identified the victim as 32-year-old [deadname] Soloman of the Bronx. Police sources said the victim was a transgender woman, but the homicide is not currently believed to be a hate crime.

Police sources said the man being sought for questioning in connection with the killing is believed to have had a relationship with the victim.

Three weeks after Tiffany's murder, Alpha Diallo, 21, was arrested on charges of murder, manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon.

Tiffany's Facebook profile is

Report added: 31 Jul 2020. Last updated: 13 Jan 2021

Marilyn Monroe Cazares

Age 22

13 Jul 2020
Brawley, California (USA)
Stabbed and burned

TDoR list ref: tgeu/13-Jul-2020/Marilyn Cazares

Marilyn Monroe Cazares
Marilyn Monroe Cazares [photo:]

Marilyn was found dead in an abandoned building after first responders answered a fire call in the early hours of Monday 13th July.

According to her family she had been stabbed and her body burned.

In yet another incident highlighting the struggles trans people face to be treated with dignity and respect, a transgender woman was found murdered [in the 1100 block on Main St] in the Southern California suburb of Brawley on July 13.

Marilyn Cazares, 22, was found dead in an abandoned building as first responders answered a fire call in the early hours of Monday morning. In the wake of what was described as a “horrific” and “hateful” killing, news reports and Cazares’s family have continued to use the name and pronouns by which she was assigned at birth. Police are investigating the incident as a homicide, although they currently have very little information about the circumstances.

According to the local news outlet KYMA-13, which misgenders her in their reporting, Cazares experienced homelessness and lived in the building where she was apparently murdered. Cazares’s aunt, Mindy Garcia, said she was loved for her charisma, describing her as brave, outspoken, and a very beautiful person.

Cazares could be seen walking “down Main Street all the time looking beautiful with her head held up high,” Garcia said. “That’s how she should be remembered.”

On Saturday 1st August a march and vigil was held in her memory.

#MarilynMonroeCazares #MarilynCazares

Report added: 20 Jul 2020. Last updated: 13 Jan 2021

Angela Martinez Gómez

Age 42

6 Jul 2020
Santa Monica, California (USA)

Angela Martinez Gómez
Angela Martinez Gómez [photo:]

Angela died from COVID-19 after being forced to continue working at a Burger King while ill. After her death other staff walked out, citing inadequate safety protocols.

Managers had refused to allow her to take time off sick and blamed "hormone injections" for her illness.

An employee of a local restaurant has died after exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms and coworkers have filed a complaint with state and county regulators over safety protocols at the location.

Employees at the Santa Monica Burger King, located on the 1900 block of Pico Blvd., say Angela Martinez Gómez died on July 6 and that managers let her come to work while she exhibited symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

“Several workers walked out for safety on July 6, after learning of Angela’s death,” said a complaint filed with CAL/OSHA and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. “A worker shouldn’t have to die and workers shouldn’t have to strike to call attention to COVID-19 safety at Burger King.”

According to the complaint, Martinez worked sick for a full week before leaving her shift early on June 29. The complaint states she was coughing, nauseous and taking frequent bathroom breaks. It states she was self-medicating with cold medicine and that employees learned she had died on July 6.

The complaint said a second employee also worked during the same time while exhibiting chills and a high temperature.

Yolanda Garcia filed the complaint and said she is the third employee to develop symptoms.

“I feel very worried and I have a bad headache,” she wrote. “July 8 I woke up coughing with chills, shaking and body aches, my right lung hurts making it difficult to breathe, and I am very tired. I am worried about my health and my family’s health; eight of us live together, and my brother and I both have diabetes. Last week I visited my grandchildren, and now I do not know if I have COVID-19, or if I gave it to them. I am worried.”

Garcia said she told the manager about her concerns but was told Martinez’s death was a result of medical treatment, not COVID-19 as Gomez was transgender and taking hormones.

“I don’t know of anyone who has been notified as a close contact or quarantined” said Garcia. “I told (the manager) I was going to get tested for COVID-19, and she said she was going to get tested too, but she also said she didn’t think Angela died of COVID-19, she said Angela died of injecting hormones. That doesn’t make sense to me.”

In her complaint, Garcia alleges the restaurant has not provided fresh masks for each shift, does not implement physical distancing requirements in the kitchen, has not trained staff on safety protocols and doesn’t clean frequently enough.

Report added: 25 Jul 2020. Last updated: 21 Sep 2020

Summer Taylor

Age 24

4 Jul 2020
Seattle, Washington (USA)
Run over

TDoR list ref: tgeu/4-Jul-2020/Summer Taylor

Summer Taylor
Summer Taylor [photo:]

Summer was nonbinary. They died after being hit by a car which was driven at speed into Black Lives Matter protesters.

Diaz Love, 32, was also hospitalized for serious injuries after the incident. Subsequently, the driver of the car Dawit Kelete was arrested.

Over the weekend, a speeding car ran through peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters in Seattle. And because of this, 24-year-old Summer Taylor was killed, while 32-year-old Diaz Love was hospitalized for serious injuries and still remains in critical condition.

The Washington State Patrol is now in custody of the driver of the white Jaguar sedan, and they are now investigating the motive behind the crime. They are also looking into how he was able to bypass a police closure going into I-5 in order to hit the protesters.

Report added: 16 Oct 2020. Last updated: 13 Jan 2021

Bree Black

Age 27

3 Jul 2020
Pompano Beach, Florida (USA)

TDoR list ref: tgeu/3-Jul-2020/Bree Black

Bree Black
Bree Black [photo:]

Bree was found with gunshot wounds after police responded to a reported shooting. She died at the scene.

Her family reportedly asked that she be referred to by her deadname in news reports.

Transgender woman Bree Black, 27, was found with gunshot wounds Friday night by Broward Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives. BSO deputies responding to a reported shooting located the victim at 10:18 pm on the ground at 244 N.W. 12th Street in Pompano Beach, Florida.

Pompano Beach Fire Rescue personnel responded to the scene and pronounced Bree Black deceased at approximately 10:28 p.m according to the BSO Press Release.

Local advocate Tatiana Braxton said that the BSO is being very respectful by identifying her as a transgender woman. That being said, the deceased was known to friends and on Facebook as Bree Black, but the BSO is honoring a request by the family to identify her as [deadname].


Report added: 10 Jul 2020. Last updated: 13 Jan 2021

Shaki Peters

Age 32

1 Jul 2020
Amite City, Louisiana (USA)

TDoR list ref: tgeu/1-Jul-2020/Shaki Peters

Shaki Peters
Shaki Peters [photo:]

Shaki's body was found off a rural road to the west of Amite City. In death, the police and media misgendered and deadnamed her.

AMITE CITY, La. — The body of a trans woman was found near Amite City and ruled a homicide less than a week after another trans woman's body was found in Baton Rouge, according to an advocacy group.

Shaki Peters, 32, of Denham Springs was found dead off of Opal Bennett Road on July 1, near the town of Amite City, according to information from the St. Helena Parish Sheriff's Office that identified her by a different name.

In a statement Saturday, Louisiana Trans Advocates identified her as a trans woman and said that another trans woman was also found dead in Baton Rouge days earlier.

On 28th August 2020 Lynette Muse was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. Reportedly more arrests are pending.


Report added: 10 Jul 2020. Last updated: 13 Jan 2021

Draya McCarty

Age 28

30 Jun 2020
Baton Rouge, Louisiana (USA)
Not reported

Draya McCarty
Draya McCarty [photo:]

Draya was found dead amidst an epidemic of violence against black trans women in the USA. Five other black trans women were killed between 25th June and 3rd July.

The circumstances of her death are not yet known.

As LGBTQ+ Pride month drew to a close, six Black trans women were found dead in a brutal nine-day stretch. Between June 25 and July 3, the bodies of Brayla Stone, Merci Mack, Shaki Peters, Draya McCarty, Tatiana Hall, and Bree Black were all discovered. Each of the victims was between the ages of 17 and 32 at the time of their death, although McCarty’s age has yet to be reported by the media.

In total, at least 22 trans women, the vast majority of whom were Black, have now died as a result of violence in 2020. If this rapid pace continues through the year, 2020 will set a record for violence against the transgender community. At least 27 trans and gender-nonconforming folks were killed in all of 2019, according to the Human Rights Campaign. By the time the last of these women was found, we were only three days into the second half of the year.

The latest killings to be reported are the those of Shaki Peters, Draya McCarty, and Bree Black. Little remains known about the passing of Tatiana Hall, a 22-year-old Irvington, New Jersey resident, after reports of her June 29 death began circulating on social media last week.

The bodies of McCarty and Peters, both from Louisiana, were identified in the Baton Rouge area. Peters, who was found on the side of a road on July 1, was both deadnamed and misgendered by local law enforcement in a press release announcing her death. Louisiana Trans Advocates, a community group based in Baton Rouge, also drew public attention to the death of another Black trans woman, Draya McCarty, on the last day of Pride month.


Report added: 19 Jul 2020. Last updated: 20 Jul 2020

Merci Mack

Age 22 (born 9 Apr 1998)

30 Jun 2020
Oak Cliff, Dallas, Texas (USA)

TDoR list ref: tgeu/30-Jun-2020/Merci Mack

Merci Mack
Merci Mack [photo:]

Merci was found unconscious and with gunshot wounds in the parking lot of an apartment complex after neighbours had reported hearing gunfire. She died at the scene.

Her name was Merci Mack. She was a 22-year-old Black trans woman living in Dallas. She had a job, a car, family, and friends. Her social media posts were playful, blunt, and hopeful.

On Tuesday, the final day of Pride month, she was found dead from gunshot wounds in the parking lot of an apartment complex [at the 3000 block of East Ledbetter Drive]. It was 6:15 AM. Neighbors reported hearing gunfire around 5 AM.

The final day of Pride month, in the midst of a nationwide uprising for racial justice, a young Black trans woman loses her life to gunfire. I remember yesterday, remember looking at the Google Doodle of Marsha P. Johnson, one of the most revered Black trans women in LGBTQIA history. And I weep thinking that 50+ years later, our trans neighbors particularly our trans BIPOC sisters are still bearing the brunt of the oppression. That we are grieving 22 year olds and 17 year olds.

Merci is the 17th violent death of a transgender person in the US during 2020. Eight of those neighbors were 25 or younger, including Merci who was 22. Another young Texas trans woman was shot to death in early May.

Like so many others, Merci has been deadnamed and misgendered by law enforcement and police. You might notice its ‘not as bad’ as it has been, but if she can’t have respect in these final days after enduring so much violence – when?

“Merci was loved,” Shannon Walker, the founder of Nu Trans Movement, an advocacy group for trans people in Dallas, told Buzzfeed. “Her family loved her. Her dad, her mom, loved her unconditionally, and that is rare to see in the Black community when it comes to young Black trans folk.”

On 10th July it was reported that a suspect had been arested.

Angelo Walker, 20, was arrested by the North Texas Fugitive Task Force this week. An anonymous witness came forward and said they saw Walker chase Mack through the apartment complex lot and then stand over her and fire multiple shots, according to the arrest affidavit.

Reportedly Walker had known her since childhood.

Merci's Facebook profile is Her birthday was 9th April.

#MerciMack #JusticeForMerci

Report added: 10 Jul 2020. Last updated: 13 Jan 2021

Tatiana Hall

Age 22

30 Jun 2020
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA)

Tatiana Hall
Tatiana Hall [photo:]

Tatiana is reported to have been murdered in Philadelphia on or around 30th June. Very little is known about what happened to her - possibly due to deadnaming by police and media.

Tatiana Hall was one of the three Black trans women murdered in the past week, along with Brayla Stone and Merci Mack.

Very little has been reported on the murder of the 21-year-old from Irvington, New Jersey, but posts of her name have been circulating throughout Instagram and Twitter.

According to T Time Network, a New York City-based LGBTQ+ platform that centers on trans women of color, Tatiana’s body was found in Philadelphia and not New Jersey, where she was originally reported dead.

“While the rest of #lgbtq was enjoying gay liberation, this is what pride was for black transwomen ...another day in the battlefield.”

People have expressed fear that part of the reason people cannot find more coverage of her death is because she was deadnamed in police reports and by local media. “Deadnaming” refers to when a trans person’s birth name is used instead of the name they chose for themselves.

Tatiana's Facebook profile is


Report added: 10 Jul 2020. Last updated: 20 Jul 2020

Brayla Stone

Age 17

25 Jun 2020
Sherwood, Arkansas (USA)

TDoR list ref: tgeu/25-Jun-2020/Brayla Stone

Brayla Stone
Brayla Stone [photo:]

Brayla's body was found in a parked car on a remote trail. Her killer boasted about her murder on social media saying that he was paid $5,000 dollars for the crime.

SHERWOOD, Ark. — According to Sherwood police, at around 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon they found a vehicle on a walking path off of Gap Creek Drive with a body inside.

According to family members, the victim's name is Brayla Stone. Brayla was 17 years old and lived in North Little Rock.

On July 2, a Capital Murder warrant was obtained for Trevone H. Miller of Sherwood for the murder of Brayla Stone.

Miller was apprehended without incident on the warrants and was transported to Pulaski County Regional Jail where he will be held pending arraignment.

The Sherwood Police Department is investigating the incident as a homicide.

In August 2021 Miller was sentenced to 50 years in prison for Brayla's murder.

A man in Arkansas was sentenced to 50 years in prison for the murder of a transgender teenager, in what authorities say was an attempt to hide their relationship.

He pleaded guilty to first-degree murder earlier this month, according to the KARK news station. His sentencing documents stated that the statement reduced his sentence for capital murder, in exchange for the 50-year sentence imposed by the circuit judge. from Pulaski County, Barry Sims will have to turn 35 before he can qualify for parole.

According to the Gazette, Stone's murder was the second time Miller has been implicated in the murder of a teenager in Sherwood.

In April 2016, Miller was the youngest of three teenagers charged with capital murder in the death of 17-year-old Bryan Allen Thompson. Miller was 14 at the time and Thompson was found dead behind the wheel of his car in the Recreation Center parking lot.


Report added: 5 Jul 2020. Last updated: 10 Oct 2021

Brian Powers ("Eagle")

13 Jun 2020
Akron, Ohio (USA)

TDoR list ref: tgeu/13-Jun-2020/Brian “Egypt"" Powers

Brian Powers ("Eagle")
Brian Powers ("Eagle") [photo:]

Brian was found dead on the sidewalk of a church near the University of Akron. He had been shot.

AKRON, Ohio — Nearly two months after the murder of a transgender man in Akron, police still have no leads.

In mid-June, Brian Powers was found dead from a gunshot wound on the sidewalk of a church near the University of Akron.

Nearly every waking moment, Vivian Powers-Smith said she thinks back to the last time she saw her little brother the week before he died.

“He was very proud of who he was,” Powers-Smith said. “Never ashamed of who he was and I think that’s a lot.”

Brian, who sometimes went by the name Egypt, confidently sported studded sunglasses and long, colorful braids.

“For anybody of the gay or transgender community to have to step out on faith and say, ‘Okay this is who I am,’ and there’s a lot of people who don’t like that,” Powers-Smith said. “But if that’s not what you agree with, then move on. Live your life. You don’t have to hurt somebody else because you don’t agree with their life.”

Report added: 30 Jul 2020. Last updated: 13 Jan 2021

Dominique "Rem'mie" Fells

Age 27 (born 30 Jul 1992)

9 Jun 2020
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA)
Stabbed and dismembered

TDoR list ref: tgeu/9-Jun-2020/Dominique “Rem'mie” Fells

Dominique "Rem'mie" Fells
Dominique "Rem'mie" Fells [photo:]

Dominique's body was found on the banks of the Schuylkill River. She had suffered stab wounds and trauma to the head and face, and her body was found with both legs severed.

An arrest warrant was issued for Akhenaton Jones, 36, after blood and a cutting tool believed to be connected to the case was discovered in his home.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Akhenaton Jones, 36 for the murder of black transgender woman Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells according to CBS Philadelphia.

Fells’ family is hoping anyone who knows Jones’ whereabouts will come forward. “Turn him in! This was a gruesome death,” Fells’ aunt, Germyce Williams, told CBS Philadelphia. “How anybody could do this to another human being is just so heartless and cruel. No mother should have to go through this, and I’m speaking for my sister-in-law.”

Fells’ body was found last week [near Bartram's Garden] on the banks of the Schuylkill River. Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small told local station WPVI that the 27-year-old had suffered stab wounds and trauma to the head and face, and her body was found with both legs severed.

“We were always concerned about her. Whenever we saw her we’d say, ‘Listen, be careful, make sure that you’re safe, because we knew that there’s a lot of hate out there for transgender,’” Fells’ aunt told CBS Philadelphia. “We accepted her as who she identified as and we just wanted the best for her,” she added.

A GoFundMe set up by family to help with funeral expenses with a $1,000 goal has received more than $125,000.

The nonprofit group New Voices organised a march in her memory in West Philadelphia on Saturday 20th June.

One of Dominique's friends described her as always "having fun and being vibrant." According to her father:

"She was a person who could light up a room even when it was quiet. "The only thing that stood out about her is that she did her thing with confidence, which as a family we all embrace."

In November 2020 Akhenaton Jones was arrested in Los Angeles.


Report added: 27 Jun 2020. Last updated: 13 Jan 2021

Riah Milton

Age 25

9 Jun 2020
Liberty Township, Cincinnati, Ohio (USA)

TDoR list ref: tgeu/9-Jun-2020/Riah Milton

Riah Milton
Riah Milton [photo:]

Riah was shot multiple times during a premeditated robbery. Nearly all police and news reports about her murder misgendered and deadnamed her.

A black trans woman was shot dead during a robbery in Cincinnati, and almost every news outlet reporting on her death has misgendered her.

Riah Milton’s body was discovered on Tuesday morning (June 9) in Liberty Township, Cincinnati.

Investigators found that the 25-year-old trans woman had died of multiple gunshot wounds after Kaleb Marshall Tooson, 18, Tyree Jeffery Cross, 25, and a 14-year-old girl “lured” her to Liberty Township to rob her of her vehicle.

Tooson has been arrested and charged with murder and aggravated robbery, while the 14-year-old, whose name has been withheld, is in custody and has been charged with with complicity to aggravated robbery, complicity to murder and tampering with evidence.

A warrant is out for Cross’s arrest, and he is wanted for complicity to murder, complicity to aggravated robbery and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

Riah’s sister Ariel posted about her sister's death on Twitter, and about the way the authorities and media misgendered and deadnamed Riah.

"Currently the only words I can use to describe the past three to four days since finding out about the murder of my sister, Riah, has been just completely heartbreaking and has left me emotionally and mentally tired.

“When I initially made the tweet about my sister, my one and only concern was to just make sure that my sister was celebrated and remembered in death like she was in life.

“When I first read the FOX 19 news story on Riah’s death, I was angry and upset in a way that I couldn’t explain.

“Seeing the news completely deadname and misgender my sister was like seeing someone just wipe her existence clean away.”

Report added: 23 Jun 2020. Last updated: 13 Jan 2021

Koko Nia Labeija

Age 19 (born 29 May 2001)

6 Jun 2020
Chicago, Illinois (USA)
Not reported

Koko Nia Labeija
Koko Nia Labeija [photo:]

Koko's body was found in an abandoned building on Saturday 6th June. She remained unidentified until April 2021.

Back on June 6, 2020, in Chicago, IL, the body of a young Black trans person was found in an abandoned building [at 7908 S Laflin]. They were decomposed, so they'd probably been there for a while. About 5'9" and 173lbs. Wearing a one piece bathing suit and pink lycra shorts.

Case Number: ME2020-07322

Date Found: 06/06/2020

Location Found: 7908 S Laflin, Chicago, IL 60620

Location Details:Apartment

Description: [Female], Black, approximately [16-20] years old; 5’9”, 173 lbs.; Short curly brown hair, brown eyes; Clothing: black with white stripes on sides body suit, pink shorts

Koko attended Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School, who held a memorial event for her on Friday. She worked at Oberweis Creamery, described herself as “a makeup artist in the making.” and was a fan of the Kardashians.

Her Twitter profile reads:

“Hey guys and gals. I love the Kardashians/Jenners. My favorite word is Bible. I love Fashion and makeup. Peace out.”

Given how she was dressed when she died, we can only assume that the misgendering by the police and morgue were acts of stubborn institutional transphobia - and ones which most certainly hindered her identification. As Sue Kerr of Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents so eloquently puts it:

I struggle to understand that the police did not even consider that her identity was female or nonbinary especially given that she was wearing clothing considered women’s, including Pink-Colored Lycra Shorts. That resonates so visually in my mind. I flashback to the 2013 murder of Cemia Dove whose body was found tied to concrete while “clad in a red Betty Boop tank top, three black bras and a light black hooded jacket.” Beyond the deliberate indignity, I carry just this intense memory of the colors.

Rest in power, Koko. We failed you repeatedly, even as you walked through this world seeing beauty. Your life and death matter.

May your memory be a revolution.

Koko's Facebook and Twitter profiles are and She also had a YouTube channel at

Report added: 15 Sep 2020. Last updated: 24 Apr 2021

Selena Reyes-Hernandez

Age 37

31 May 2020
Marquette Park, Chicago, Illinois (USA)

TDoR list ref: tgeu/31-May-2020/Selena Reyes-Hernandez

Selena Reyes-Hernandez
Selena Reyes-Hernandez [photo:]

Selena was shot by a man who went home with her after she told him that she was transgender. Even though she was dead already, he later returned to shoot her again.

Orlando Perez, 18, was remanded in custody without bail. He is next due to appear in court on 6th July.

An 18-year-old high school student was allegedly so upset after finding out a woman he went home with was transgender that he killed her.

Even after firing his gun twice at Selena Reyes-Hernandez, Orlando Perez confessed to detectives that he went back to Reyes-Hernandez’s Marquette Park residence a second time so he could shoot her lifeless body again, Cook County prosecutors said Tuesday.

Perez allegedly told detectives during a video-recorded statement that while inside, he asked Reyes-Hernandez if she was a girl. When she said she was trans, he told her he had to leave.

Surveillance cameras show Perez leaving 20 minutes later, and then returning around 6 a.m. with a dark face covering, prosecutors said. The video allegedly shows Perez take out a handgun and rack the slide as he approaches Reyes-Hernandez’s home in the 3300 block of West 71st Street.

Perez was also recorded hopping over the gate to Reyes-Hernandez’s home and then leaving again minutes later, prosecutors said. Perez allegedly told detectives after finding the victim’s door open, he walked in and shot her in the head and back.

“He thought that was enough so he ran out. But he kept seeing her face, so he went back there to do it again,” Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy said during Perez’s bond hearing.

Perez shot Reyes-Hernandez’s body several more times while she lay face down on the floor, prosecutors said. A witness who heard loud noises later discovered Reyes-Hernandez’s body later that morning.

Report added: 17 Jun 2020. Last updated: 13 Jan 2021

Tony McDade

Age 38

27 May 2020
Tallahassee, Florida (USA)

TDoR list ref: tgeu/27-May-2020/Tony McDade

Tony McDade
Tony McDade [photo:]

Tony was shot by a police officer. The Florida Police Department claimed that he pulled a gun on police and had a "bloodied knife", but eyewitness accounts contradict this.

The official police report into the fatal shooting of Back trans man Tony McDade has been thrown into doubt as new eyewitnesses accounts emerge.

Tony McDade was shot and killed by an unnamed white police officer in Tallahassee, north Florida, on May 27. He died shortly afterwards in hospital, his death marking Florida’s third fatal police shooting in the last two months.

Local news, which along with the Florida Police Department initially misgendered McDade, reported that he was a suspect in a fatal stabbing.

Speaking at a news briefing last week, Tallahassee Police chief Lawrence Revell said that the suspect fled the scene on foot and was confronted by officers on nearby Holton Street in the Leon apartment complex.

“Our officer called out, ‘Shots fired.’ He said over the radio that the suspect had pointed a gun at him. The suspect was in possession of a handgun, and a bloody knife was found at the scene of the stabbing.”

However, multiple reports by local news said that McDade was unarmed and had not been warned before the officer began shooting. This is corroborated by those at the scene, who say the police never announced themselves as police before firing.

Tony seems to have committed what is known as “suicide by cop" to avoid being sent back to prison.

Tony McDade, a black trans man was shot and killed in an apparent attempt to end his life. McDade a twice-convicted felon had been beaten by five men took revenge by killing one of them. To avoid going back to prison Tony committed what is known as “suicide by cop.”

This is all well documented.

We still don’t know the name of the officer who shot McDade or what happened just before he was killed. One witness says that a man jumped out of his car and shot him without identifying himself as law enforcement.

Crucially, we don’t know if the officer who shot McDade was prone to preemptive violence or if he had ever been indicted for murder. The Tallahassee Police Department is keeping that information from the public using a hijacked version of a victim’s rights law.

Cops who kill in Florida and North Dakota can now keep their names from the public with “Marsy’s Law”. All that Florida and North Dakota GOP needed to do to protect their killer cops was the deletion of a couple of words.

And according to Pro Publica, the law has increasingly been co-opted by police nationwide. It got on Florida’s ballot in 2018 after being introduced by a sheriff and revised with the help of two statewide law enforcement associations. Officers say it allows them to claim victim status in use-of-force cases where they say the suspect was the aggressor.

A Tallahassee police officer brought the problems with Marsy’s Law to light in May when he claimed victimhood status after fatally shooting Tony McDade, a Black transgender man who allegedly stabbed a neighbor’s son to death before pointing a gun at the officer.

On Tuesday 2nd June 2020, thousands rallied in front of the Stonewall Inn to demand an end to the killing of black trans people in the US.

Tony's Facebook account is


Report added: 21 Jun 2020. Last updated: 13 Jan 2021

Jayne Thompson

Age 33

9 May 2020
Orchard Mesa, Colorado (USA)

TDoR list ref: tgeu/9-May-2020/Jayne Thompson

Jayne Thompson
Jayne Thompson [photo:]

Jayne was shot and killed by a police officer during what appears to have been a mental health crisis. No charges were filed against the officer concerned.

Jayne Thompson, a 33-year-old transgender woman, was shot and killed by a police officer on May [9]. The shooting made her the 12th trans person to lose their life to fatal violence in 2020, but that fact remained unknown for weeks after Thompson was misgendered by police and local media.

The shooting took place in Orchard Mesa, Colorado after Thompson was reported unresponsive in the vicinity of Orchard Mesa Market, a local grocery store located along a busy intersection [U.S. Highway 50 and 29 Road]. According to details provided to local media by the Mesa County Sheriff's Office, Thompson remained motionless for hours and did not respond when approached by passersby offering assistance.

Following a 911 call, Colorado State Trooper Jason Wade attempted to intervene. That’s when KKCO, a local NBC affiliate, reports that Thompson “began to act aggressively and displayed a 10-inch knife.” “Investigators say that is when the shooting happened,” the outlet claims.

Although the officer was not harmed during the interaction, Thompson was killed.

Thompson’s death coincided with the killings of two trans women in the same week: a 31-year-old Nina Pop in Sikeston, Missouri and 20-year-old Helle Jae O’Regan in San Antonio, Texas, both of whom were stabbed to death. To date, 15 transgender people have lost their lives to fatal violence in 2020, the majority of whom were Black trans women. Thompson, an outlier on the list, was white.

But Thompson’s gender identity was not adequately recognized for weeks after she was misgendered and deadnamed in initial reports regarding the incident. KDVR, a local Fox affiliate, corrected its coverage following updated information from the Mesa County Coroner’s Office, but Thompson is still referred to by a male name and with male pronouns in the Denver Post, Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, and KMGH, a local ABC news affiliate.

Tori Cooper, director of community engagement for HRC’s Transgender Justice Initiative, claimed that Thompson’s treatment by the media and local authorities is “appalling.” She noted in a statement that it took local media outlets “over a month to correctly identify Jayne with her correct name and pronouns.”

Cooper also suggested that Thompson’s death could have been prevented had the officer focused on deescalating the situation.

The situation is not dissimilar to that of Tony McDade, a 38-year-old Black transgender man who was shot and killed on May 27 by Tallahassee police. McDade was reportedly experiencing extreme mental distress in the hours leading up to his death and had struggled with mental illness throughout his life.

Report added: 17 Jun 2020. Last updated: 13 Jan 2021

Helle Jae O’Regan

Age 20

6 May 2020
San Antonio, Texas (USA)

TDoR list ref: tgeu/6-May-2020/Helle Jae O’Regan

Helle Jae O’Regan
Helle Jae O’Regan [photo:]

Helle was stabbed in the barbershop where she worked by a man who had earlier came into the premises claiming that he wanted to book an appointment.

Transgender woman Helle Jae O'Regan has been identified as the victim of a workplace rampage that claimed her life and injured two others in San Antonio on 6th May.

20-year-old Helle was employed at Diesel Barbershop in San Antonio, Texas, where the incident took place.

According to police statements and media reports, 42-year-old Damion Campbell entered the barbershop to book an appointment whilst staff were preparing the premises to re-open, but when asked to provide payment he left the store, before returning with weapons. He was seen in surveillance video holding both a knife and a gun, and threatened the three members of staff present.

Two of Helle's fellow employees were able to escape, one without injuries whilst the other received several stab wounds. According to the police, Campbell choked Helle unconscious before stabbing her to death. Police have said that they do not believe Helle's gender played a role in her death.

Helle has been described as a proud trans woman, who embraced her identity. On the Trans Day of Visibility she posted to her Instagram account where she shared pictures of her transition. 'I wasn't going to post anything but it's #transdayofvisibility so I decided I will. I was looking at the pictures I used to take before I transitioned versus now and it made me realize I'm way happier than I used to be. I love myself now. Thank you to everyone who's ever supported me and to anyone who hasn't I hope you come around. I'm happy and proud to be myself.' The post said.

After her murder friends and colleagues set up an impromptu memorial outside the barbershop.

Luke Tyler and Harvest Barry stopped by the barbershop where O’Regan was killed to add flowers to the growing memorial. They say she was a beautiful human and kind to everyone she met.

“Every time I saw her, she smiled. She’d do anything for you,” Tyler said. “She was a caring person. I never saw her in a bad mood.”

“If he had just met her, I’m sure he wished he could take it all back. It’s just sick,” Tyler said about the murder suspect.

O’Regan’s friends say Campbell unfairly took a great human away from this world. “Being trans is so hard, and her life was hard, but she lived like it was the best day of her life every day,” Tyler said.

Report added: 13 Jun 2020. Last updated: 13 Jan 2021

Nina Pop

Age 28

3 May 2020
Sikeston, Missouri (USA)

TDoR list ref: tgeu/3-May-2020/Nina Pop

Nina Pop
Nina Pop [photo:]

Nina was found stabbed to death in her apartment.

Transgender woman Nina Pop was stabbed to death in Sikeston, Mo., over the weekend, making her at least the 10th trans person to die by violence in the U.S. this year.

Pop’s body was found Sunday night in her apartment in the town of about 16,000, 145 miles south of St. Louis, the Associated Press reports. No arrest has been made.

Pop, 28, worked at a fast-food restaurant in Sikeston and was well-known in the area, according to KFVS, a TV station in nearby Cape Girardeau. “She was always happy,” her friend Emory McCauley told the station.

The Human Rights Campaign called for action to address violence against trans Americans. “For the past four weeks, we have seen the deaths of five transgender women of color in this country. We are seeing an epidemic of violence that can no longer be ignored. Transgender and gender-nonconforming people, especially trans women of color, risk our lives by living as our true selves — and we are being violently killed for doing so,” Tori Cooper, director of community engagement for HRC’s Transgender Justice Initiative, said in a blog post.

“We must be outraged by this news and we must channel that outrage into action immediately. These crimes must be reported, investigated and prosecuted. These lives must be mourned, honored and fought for. What we are doing is not enough. HRC mourns alongside all those who know and loved Nina, and we will continue our tireless fight to ensure a future where living one’s truth can never become a death sentence.”

Report added: 20 May 2020. Last updated: 13 Jan 2021

Layla Pelaez Sánchez

Age 21

22 Apr 2020
Humacao, Puerto Rico (USA)

TDoR list ref: tgeu/22-Apr-2020/Layla Peláez Sánchez

Layla Pelaez Sánchez
Layla Pelaez Sánchez [photo:]

The charred bodies of Serena Angelique Velázquez and Layla Peláez were found inside a burned out car on the PR-927 highway in Humacao in the early hours of Wednesday 22nd April.

The burned vehicle belonged to the mother of one of the victims. Both were living in New York but were visiting Puerto Rico so that Layla could change her driver’s license to be identified as a woman - as Serena had done a few months earlier.

Two young men were arrested for the murder of two transsexual women on April 22 in a 2020 Hyundai Elantra vehicle, under a bridge on the PR-927 highway in the Mambiche Prieto neighborhood of Humacao.

The motive for the hate crime could be configured in this case, said the director of the Criminal Investigation Corps (CIC) of Humacao, Captain Teddy Morales. "The angle of hatred is present because it was revenge," said the captain, who revealed that one of the arrested confessed the facts.

The detainees are 19 and 22 years old and have no criminal record. The individuals accepted that they were the ones who appeared in a video with the victims shared hours before the tragic events and that they bought marijuana.

Serena Angelique Velázquez Ramos, 32, was from Queens, New York, was on vacation on the island and would travel back to her home at the end of the month and Layla Peláez Sánchez, 21, had been staying in the Texas neighborhood for two months. from Las Piedras.

Report added: 22 May 2020. Last updated: 28 Feb 2021

Serena Angelique Velázquez

Age 32

22 Apr 2020
Humacao, Puerto Rico (USA)

TDoR list ref: tgeu/22-Apr-2020/Serena Angelique Velázquez Ramos

Serena Angelique Velázquez
Serena Angelique Velázquez [photo:]

The charred bodies of Serena Angelique Velázquez and Layla Peláez were found inside a burned out car on the PR-927 highway in Humacao in the early hours of Wednesday 22nd April.

The burned vehicle belonged to the mother of one of the victims. Both were living in New York but were visiting Puerto Rico so that Layla could change her driver’s license to be identified as a woman - as Serena had done a few months earlier.

Two young men were arrested for the murder of two transsexual women on April 22 in a 2020 Hyundai Elantra vehicle, under a bridge on the PR-927 highway in the Mambiche Prieto neighborhood of Humacao.

The motive for the hate crime could be configured in this case, said the director of the Criminal Investigation Corps (CIC) of Humacao, Captain Teddy Morales. "The angle of hatred is present because it was revenge," said the captain, who revealed that one of the arrested confessed the facts.

The detainees are 19 and 22 years old and have no criminal record. The individuals accepted that they were the ones who appeared in a video with the victims shared hours before the tragic events and that they bought marijuana.

Serena Angelique Velázquez Ramos, 32, was from Queens, New York, was on vacation on the island and would travel back to her home at the end of the month and Layla Peláez Sánchez, 21, had been staying in the Texas neighborhood for two months. from Las Piedras.

Report added: 22 May 2020. Last updated: 10 Oct 2021

Emily Nicole Brown

Age 25 (born 26 May 1994)

20 Apr 2020
Covington, Georgia (USA)

Emily Nicole Brown
Emily Nicole Brown [photo:]

Emily died by suicide. She was struggling with depression and loneliness, and had been rejected by half of the members of her family.

A friend contributed the following quote about her:

She was an amazing friend. She was so considerate, perceptive and thoughtful, she would reach out to me to offer help before I even realized I needed it. Others in our community have described her as a kind and gentle spirit with an amazingly big heart. One remembered her as the first person they came out to. She would take other girls shopping when they were first coming out and afraid to shop in the women's section on their own. She lived to help others.

All of her social media was deleted shortly after she passed, but her blog is still up. Here is a link but be advised she discusses depression and suicidal ideation in detail in some posts -

Emily had come out on 20th October 2018 but unfortunately the response from far too many was not at all positive.

October 20th 2018

I came out to everyone on Facebook

I lost half of my family. My mom (step mom who raised me and means a lot to me now) is the one, along with a couple friends, who saved me.

The family that I lost was saying nasty things to me. I was told that I was praying wrong. I was told to stop worshipping the devil and that everyone who accepts me also worships the devil. Things like “it’s just a phase.” Or “you are messing up your life.” were said to me.

Believe me, I thought long and hard about coming out. I never wanted to transition. However, when I was ready to cut off the dick just to die without a dick between my legs, I knew that I couldn’t stop. It hurt so bad having it between my legs. It freaking hurt. I had a physical pain that would never go away. Usually ibuprofen would help. However, it was the most uncomfortable feeling that I have had. I didn’t want to keep it.

My mom suggested for me to just block them and have no contact. It hurts, but thanks to living in the south, religion is a different story. My friend, Margot in a northern state is very supportive and actually shocked that my family acted that way towards me.

-- extract taken from My experience so far as a Trans Woman

At least Emily's obituary remembers her respectfully:

"She dreamed pretty dreams that never came true." Emily Nicole Brown found peace from her battles on April 20, 2020. We will miss her gentle, kind spirit. She is remembered by her parents, Jeff and Jennifer, her siblings, Jasper, Abigail, and Adwyn, all of Covington; her grandparents Cyndy Lifsey of Augusta and Roy and Merita Brown of Douglasville, as well as numerous uncles, aunts, and cousins. A celebration of life will be held at a future date. Contributions to a memorial garden can be sent to her parents at [redacted], or a donation can be made in her memory to

Editor's note: In addition to rejection and abuse from some members of her family, Emily had experienced similar behaviour from colleagues at work. Emily seemed like a person with so much potential and I can't help wondering if she would still be with us had she had been nurtured and supported in the way all newly out trans people need and deserve. Just when will society stop killing vulnerable trans people?

Emily's Facebook profile (which has been deleted since her death) was Her blog (CN: suicidal ideation) is

Report added: 18 Nov 2020. Last updated: 26 Nov 2020

Penelope Díaz Ramírez

Age 31

13 Apr 2020
Bayamón, Puerto Rico (USA)
Strangled and hanged

TDoR list ref: tgeu/13-Apr-2020/Penelope Diaz Ramirez

Penelope Díaz Ramírez
Penelope Díaz Ramírez [photo:]

Penelope was found hanging in a cell within the Bayamón correctional complex. Another inmate confessed to killing her.

The Comprehensive Committee for the Search for Equity (CABE) demanded that the authorities not rule out any angle - including hatred - in the investigation of the murder of [deadname] Díaz Ramírez, who was found hanged with signs of violence on April 13 spent at the Bayamon correctional complex.

“We just learned that another member of our LGBTTIQ community has been killed. This is [deadname] Díaz Ramírez, whom they called Penelope. There is no longer any doubt, this is an epidemic of anti-LGBTTIQ violence. The Police have the obligation to disclose the status of the investigations of at least eight murders, one death without a specific cause and several attacks in which LGBTTIQ people have been injured since January 2019, ”said Pedro Julio Serrano, CABE spokesman.

Charges for murder and destruction of evidence were filed today against José Villafañe Cotto, 32, for events that occurred at the Correctional Complex in Bayamón, police reported.

The inmate confessed that in the night hours of last April 13, in cell 29, of building 5, section A-5, he used a piece of cloth to strangle [deadname] Díaz Ramírez, 31 years old. Later, he destroyed the evidence used to commit the crime.

Penelope's murder took place in the same week that the bodies of Serena Angelique Velázquez and Layla Pelaez Sánchez were found inside a burnt out car in Humacao - less than 50km away.

A third transgender woman was killed this week in Puerto Rico, part of an ongoing “epidemic of violence” targeting the LGBTQ community. At least nine people have been killed since January 2019.

The bodies of two transgender women were found inside a badly burned car earlier this week.

There is no longer any doubt, this is an epidemic of anti-LGBT+ violence,” activist Pedro Julio Serrano said. “The police have the obligation to disclose the status of the investigations of at least eight murders, one death without a determined cause, and several attacks in which LGBTQ people have been injured since January 2019.”

Penélope Díaz Ramírez was killed on April 13. Her death was not reported until now.

The two other victims as Layla Peláez and Serena Angelique Velázquez Ramos by local activists. Police say DNA testing will be required to officially identify the women, but Peláez’s grandmother was able to identify her granddaughter’s car when she saw it on the local news.

“Never in my career have I seen so many reports of deaths of our transgender and gender non-conforming community in such a short time in one location,” Tori Cooper, director of the Human Rights Campaign‘s transgender justice initiative, said after the latest murder.

“Penélope did not deserve to die. Transgender people do not deserve to die. Every single advocate, ally, elected official, and community member must stand up in light of this horrific news and say ‘No more.’ What we are doing is not enough.”

“Transgender and gender non-conforming people, especially women of color,” she added, “are too often the victims of a toxic mix of transphobia, racism, and misogyny.”

“They are hunting us,” Serrano said.


Report added: 15 May 2020. Last updated: 28 Feb 2021

Johanna Metzger

11 Apr 2020
Baltimore, Maryland (USA)

TDoR list ref: tgeu/11-Apr-2020/Johanna Metzger

Johanna Metzger
Johanna Metzger [photo:]

Johanna was stabbed. The circumstances of her murder are not known.

BALTIMORE — A virtual vigil was held on Zoom Tuesday for a transgender woman who was killed in Baltimore on Saturday.

Johanna Metzger is from Pennsylvania and was at a recovery center in Baltimore. Her mother says she taught herself how to play multiple instruments and was a college graduate.

Baltimore Safe Haven, a LQBTQ Center in Baltimore organized the vigil. Before and during the coronavirus crisis they have been providing counseling, food, shelter and support for members of the LGBTQ community.

“The trans community LQBTQ nonconforming community matters and they need to step up and address this throughout the city,” said Safe Haven founder Iya Dammons. “This has gone on for way too long before COVID-19. Ten years, ten bodies! Baltimoreans are you listening? This, it’s a lot.”

The stabbing happened in the 2200 block of Highview Avenue.

Report added: 17 Apr 2020. Last updated: 13 Jan 2021

Henrietta Robinson

Age 79

3 Apr 2020
Miami, Florida (USA)

Henrietta Robinson
Henrietta Robinson [photo:]

Henrietta died after contracting the COVID-19 coronavirus in hospital. The ‘Grand Lady of Miami Beach’ was one of the first transgender people to live openly in Florida.

A trans woman known as ‘Grand Lady of Miami Beach’ has died of coronavirus, marking yet another LGBT+ leader lost to the disease.

Henrietta Robinson, 79, was a renowned figure in the LGBT+ community and was celebrated as one of the first transgender people to live openly in Florida.

She recently underwent hernia surgery and was recovering at Mount Sinai Medical Centre in Miami Beach. It was here that she contracted COVID-19 and passed away on Friday.

Robinson was born in Akron, Ohio and grew up in Milton, Massachusetts, but would often say she was reborn in 1959 in Miami Beach.

She was a fixture in the nightlife community there and found freedom in drag queen fashion shows. The famous gay club Twist became her second home and earned her the titles ‘Grand Lady’ and ‘Mother of Miami Beach.’

She made such an impact in the community that in 2011 former Mayor Mattie Herrera Bower gave her a commendation on behalf of the city of Miami Beach for her activism.

Miami Beach Pride paid tribute to her as a “beautiful soul” who was a “mentor to so many”.

“Rest in Peace Henrietta, your light will not be forgotten.”

Report added: 9 Apr 2020. Last updated: 20 Jul 2020

Ashley Moore

Age 26

1 Apr 2020
Newark, New Jersey (USA)
Not reported

Ashley Moore
Ashley Moore [photo:]

Ashley was found dead with unexplained and serious injuries outside Newark YMCA on Wednesday 1st April but her body was cremated without an autopsy.

Four months later, police finally started to investigate her death.

Police are finally investigating the death of a Black trans woman who was found dead in the street more than four months ago with horrifying injuries and cremated without an autopsy.

Chef Ashley Moore was just 26 years old when she was found dead outside the YMCA in Newark, New Jersey, just after 4 am on April 1.

Her mother, nurse Starlet Carbin, was never notified by police that her daughter had passed away. Instead, she had to find out via Facebook when she visited her daughter’s profile to wish her a happy birthday, nine days after she had died.

Interviewed by activist Jasmin Singer, Carbin said: “All the information I obtained I got on my own. No one contacted me to let me know my child was dead.”

When Carbin contacted authorities, she was first told by a Newark police detective that a doctor at the hospital Moore was transported to before she was pronounced dead said she had likely been hit by a car. Later, the same detective suggested she could have fallen from a great height.

Carbin said the police report, which she was allowed to finally access at the end of July, noted that there were ligature marks on Moore’s legs, she had suffered rectal bleeding and her neck was “grossly swollen and disfigured”.

As a trained nurse, Carbin said: “Going into what I know when I’m looking at a patient, the description that’s in that police report is not of someone who fell or was hit by a vehicle.”

The police report also states that a witness saw Moore running down, not up, the stairs of the YMCA before she was found outside.

Ashley's Instagram profile is

Report added: 27 Sep 2020. Last updated: 23 Oct 2020

Lorena Borjas

Age 59

30 Mar 2020
Queens, New York (USA)

Lorena Borjas
Lorena Borjas [photo:]

Lorena died from the COVID-19 coronavirus. She was the mother of the trans Latinx community in Queens, and advocated for trans victims of trafficking, slavery and violence.

Heartbroken to share that #LorenaBorjas, a prolific trans organizer & Queens activist, passed away from COVID-19.

Lorena championed mutual aid in the LGBT+ community, and her Community Fund was saving lives of queer people & immigrants impacted by COVID:

Lorena had a long history of activism trying to protect trans people - and in particular those who were victims of trafficking, slavery and violence - in New York.

Borjas, 60, was known as the mother of the trans Latinx community in Queens. As a survivor of human trafficking, she dedicated the past 30 years of her life to protecting other transgender victims of trafficking, slavery and violence.

A large number women she helped were immigrants who were excluded and stigmatised by their families. Borjas was known for hosting them in her own apartment until they were able to support themselves.

She spent years walking the streets and supporting others to escape abusive situations, providing condoms and food, connecting trans women to services and support, and even set up a weekly HIV testing clinic in her own home.

In 2019 the short documentary Queens Stories: The Story of Lorena Borjas: The Transgender Latina Activist told her story.

Report added: 31 Mar 2020. Last updated: 20 Jul 2020

Lexi "Ebony" Sutton

Age 33

28 Mar 2020
Harlem, New York (USA)

TDoR list ref: tgeu/28-Mar-2020/Lexi

Lexi "Ebony" Sutton
Lexi "Ebony" Sutton [photo:]

Lexi's throat was cut early on Saturday 28th March. Her assailant escaped on a motor scooter.

A transgender woman’s throat was cut open early Saturday morning by an assailant who then sped off on a motor scooter. Police are looking for CCTV video so they can identify the killer.

Cops were called to the corner of E. 128th St. and Third Ave. about 1:30 a.m. to find the 33-year-old victim sprawled on the ground with a gaping wound in the neck, according to The Daily News

Witnesses told police that the woman was sitting a bench near the corner when her attacker stormed up and started arguing with her. As the two fought, the man pulled out a blade and knifed her in the neck before speeding off on a scooter.

PIX 11 reports that the woman was rushed to NYC Health & Hospitals/Harlem, where she was pronounced dead, police said. The NYPD is not releasing the victim’s identity until her family has been notified.

No arrests have been made.

Report added: 29 Mar 2020. Last updated: 13 Jan 2021

Oliver Sasser

Age 21 (born 30 Mar 1998)

23 Mar 2020
Louisville, Georgia (USA)
Not reported

Oliver Sasser
Oliver Sasser [photo:]

Oliver died at home from unknown causes.

The following is an extract from their obituary, corrected to remove deadnaming and misgendering:

[Oliver] Sasser

March 30, 1998 - March 23, 2020 (age 21)

Louisville, GA – [Oliver Sasser], 21, loving [child] of [redacted], entered into [their] eternal rest Monday evening, March 23, 2020 at [their] residence. Because of the current ordinances regarding COVID-19 and the family’s respect and concern for public health and safety, the family has chosen to hold private celebration of life services at 2:00 P.M. Sunday afternoon, May 31, 2020 in the James Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Chris Shoemaker officiating.

A lifelong resident of Louisville, [Oliver] was the Salutatorian of the 2016 Jefferson County High School graduating class. They loved theater and watching movies with [their] family. Having a photographic memory and an inquisitive mind, they loved to read and to learn. For [them], there was nothing like a good book and/or a good movie. [Oliver] was all about nature and was an Ecology/Biology major at Augusta University where [they were] scheduled to graduate this year. [Their] passion was animals—all types of animals, even snakes—and the protection of their environment. [They were] very organized, not only in thought but also in [their] physical world—everything had its place. [Oliver] has been described as being “quirky” and having a straight-forward, no-nonsense approach with people and life itself. This loving [child], devoted [sibling] and loyal friend had a great impact on [their] community and the people [they] met. [Their] memory will be treasured and honored, and [their] light will continue to shine in the hearts of those [they] has left behind.

Oliver was an Ecology and Biology major at Augusta University and would have graduated this year. On Thursday 16th April the Augusta University community held a reflection and remembrance of the students, faculty and staff who had passed away over the past year.

According to a friend, Oliver was fine with either he/him or they/them pronouns. Their Facebook profile - - uses the latter so that is what is used in this report.

Report added: 19 Nov 2020. Last updated: 26 Nov 2020

Monica Diamond

Age 34

18 Mar 2020
Charlotte, North Carolina (USA)

TDoR list ref: tgeu/18-Mar-2020/Monika Diamond

Monica Diamond
Monica Diamond [photo:]

Monica was shot multiple times while medics were trying to treat her inside an ambulance. A suspect has been arrested on murder charges.

HRC is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Monika Diamond, a 34-year-old Black transgender woman and business owner killed in Charlotte, North Carolina on March 18. Diamond’s death is believed to be the fourth violent death of a transgender or gender non-conforming person in 2020.

Diamond was active in the Charlotte LGBTQ and nightlife community and was the co-owner and founder of Ncphyne Promotion Company LLC, an event promotion company that is about to honor its 10th anniversary, according to its Facebook page. She also was the co-CEO of the International Mother of the Year Pageantry System -- a pageant that honors LGBTQ mothers.

Through her work, Diamond spent her adult life creating community and spaces for LGBTQ people in Charlotte and beyond to come together and celebrate their lives. She was a chosen mother to countless. She was a business owner, a loving friend and she did not deserve to have her life taken from her.

WBTV reports that Charlotte police and paramedics responded to a call about a disturbance, where they were met by a group of people who noted a woman, Diamond, was experiencing shortness of breath. After Diamond was placed in an ambulance, she was shot several times. No additional people were harmed in the shooting. Prentice Bess, 34, has been arrested for the shooting and faces a charge of murder.

The shooting happened around 4 a.m. in the Days Inn/Azteca Mexican Restaurant parking lot on E Woodlawn Road near Old Pineville Road.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say officers were called to the Days Inn regarding a disturbance, where they were met by five to six people. Medic responded to the area after one of the people reported having shortness of breath.

Police say Medic was with the victim in the back of an ambulance when she requested a friend to come assist her. Medic denied Bess entry into the ambulance, and that’s when police say he left, came back and shot Diamond “several times.” Medic tried to treat Diamond but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Report added: 22 Mar 2020. Last updated: 13 Jan 2021

John Scott Devore/Scottlyn Kelly Devore

Age 51

12 Mar 2020
Augusta, Georgia (USA)

John Scott Devore/Scottlyn Kelly Devore
John Scott Devore/Scottlyn Kelly Devore [photo:]

John/Scottlyn was reportedly genderfluid. They went missing on 12th March, and on 20th March a suspect was charged with murder.

A body was found on 30th March, but at the time this report was written its identity had not been confirmed.

AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- Authorities believe they have found the body of John Scott Devore, a missing man who's thought to have been murdered.

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office said authorities developed a lead on Monday into the possible location of Devore's remains.

A search in Jefferson County, with the assistance of the Jefferson County’s Sheriff’s Office, resulted in the discovery of remains. A body was recovered and will be taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab for positive identification.

The investigation is still active and local investigators will coordinate with the crime lab on results of the autopsy. The discovery comes after a search concluded last Wednesday at the Richmond County Landfill, where authorities thought they might find clues. The search didn't yield any, though.

Devore, 51, was reported missing on March 14 after leaving his home on March 12 and not returning, according to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office. Devore was last seen around 10 p.m. March 12 in the 500 block of Third Street. Devore was wearing a white dress and a blond wig and was driving a black 2004-05 Honda Element with an unknown paper tag taped to the rear window.

On March 16, Ronald and Margaret Harris were identified as people of interest in the case and found on March 17 in Wrens and charged with burglary, according to authorities. On March 20, Ronald Harris was charged with murder, according to the sheriff’s agency.

John/Scottlyn's Facebook profiles are and

Report added: 4 May 2020. Last updated: 20 Jul 2020

Yampi Méndez Arocho

Age 19

5 Mar 2020
Moca, Puerto Rico (USA)

TDoR list ref: tgeu/5-Mar-2020/Yampi Méndez Arocho

Yampi Méndez Arocho
Yampi Méndez Arocho [photo:]

Yampi's body was found in a local park with gunshot wounds to the face and upper back. He had reportedly had an altercation with a woman earlier in the day.

A 19-year-old transgender man named Yampi Méndez Arocho was attacked and later shot to death in Cuchillas, a town in the northwestern Puerto Rican municipality of Moca.

While LGBTQ activists in the island nation are now asking the police to investigate the murder as a hate crime, others are upset that both the police and local media reports initially misgendered Arocho.

Police reports state that Arocho had been attacked by a woman five hours before he was later found dead in a local park with four gunshot wounds: two in his face and two through his upper back. Though the woman has since been interviewed by police, when police questioned Arocho’s parents, they allegedly referred to Arocho using his deadname.

As a result, Arocho was misgendered in initial police and media reports. Members of the local LGBTQ community say that Arocho referred to himself as a man, presented as male, and used “he” pronouns.

Police are still investigating but they say that they haven’t yet figured out a context to help explain why Arocho was murdered. The local LGBTQ organization, the Broad Committee Search for Equity (CABE), are demanding that police “not rule out any angle in their investigation.”

Yampi had reportedly suffered harassment from the woman with who he had been an altercation shortly before his murder.

The 19-year-old [man] who was murdered on Thursday night in Moca had suffered an alleged pattern of harassment by [a] female with whom [he] had an altercation hours before [his] murder, [his] brother said.

The victim, identified as [deadname] Méndez Arocho, known as "Yampi", was shot dead at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday on the PR-4444 road in the El Limón sector of the Cuchillas de Moca neighborhood near a ball park.

On 7th July 2021 two suspects were charged with murder:

A 16-year-old adolescent and another 18-year-old, alleged perpetrators of the murder of Yampi Méndez Arocho, were charged with murder in the first degree, infractions of the Weapons Law and threatening witnesses this afternoon, at the end of an investigation that began On March 5, 2020, when the 19-year-old was killed in a sports complex in the Limón sector in the Cuchillas de Moca neighborhood.

The suspects, identified as 18-year-old Nelvin Nieves and 16-year-old Leonardo Soto Butler, faced charges as adults. Both were brought before Judge Juan Guzmán Escobar, who imposed a bond amounting to $ 190,000.

At the time of the incident, both suspects were minors.

Report added: 28 Mar 2020. Last updated: 10 Oct 2021

Alexa Negrón Luciano (Neulisa Luciano Ruiz)

Age 28

24 Feb 2020
Toa Baja, Puerto Rico (USA)

TDoR list ref: tgeu/2-Mar-2020/Alexa Negrón Luciano & tgeu/23-Feb-2020/Alexa Murder

Alexa Negrón Luciano (Neulisa Luciano Ruiz)
Alexa Negrón Luciano (Neulisa Luciano Ruiz) [photo:]

Alexa was shot dead several hours after a post denouncing her for using a women's restroom in a McDonalds restaurant had circulated on social media.

Alexa Ruiz, a transgender woman driven to the streets was hunted down and killed 9 hours after social media posts appeared which accused her of peeping in bathroom stalls. The person who instigated her killing filed a false police report alleging that she had peeked in a fast-food bathroom stall and shared it on Facebook, He withdrew that complaint after police questioned him.

By that time the lies that led to her death had gone viral and Alexa Ruiz was running for her life. Multiple videos recorded at different times and places show a terrified woman being hunted unmercifully.

Those images do her a grave injustice and will not be shared here.

The [LGBT+] activist and spokesman for the Puerto Rico for Everyone group, Pedro Julio Serrano, said the Police Bureau was the first to victimize Alexa by treating her as a man dressed as a woman.

“She was a woman. She was called Alexa,” he said.

Who was Alexa?

According to information compiled by the CABE, Alexa was born in 1991 in the municipality of Carolinas, near San Juan, in a poor and dysfunctional family.

"Apparently, she was the type of trans person who is expelled from the family or who has suffered violence, including sexual, within the family," says Pagan.

After her murder, several people who met her told on social networks that they had seen her walk through several municipalities of Puerto Rico.

"She was a homeless person who had mental health conditions and wandered around different areas. Here it is necessary to explain that being transgender is not a mental health condition, although there are transgender people, as it seems to be this case, that given the violence they have suffered may suffer mental conditions".

On 6th August 2021 three suspects were arrested by the FBI:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested this morning three men identified as Jordany Laboy García, Christian Yamaurie Rivera Otero and Anthony Steven Lobos Ruiz, linked to the death of the transgender woman Alexa.

The subjects were indicted by a federal grand jury and appeared today at the initial hearing before a magistrate where they face three charges: conspiracy to commit hate crime, violation of the Hate Crimes Prevention Act and obstruction of justice.

#HerNameWasAlexa #SeLlamabaAlexa

Report added: 1 Mar 2020. Last updated: 10 Oct 2021

Camila María Concepción

Age 28

21 Feb 2020
Los Angeles, California (USA)

Camila María Concepción
Camila María Concepción [photo:]

Camila died by suicide. She was a writer for the Netflix shows "Daybreak" and "Gentefied".

Camila María Concepción, a young writer on the new Netflix show Gentefied and a budding trans activist, died on Friday by suicide, reports Entertainment Weekly.

Concepción was an assistant writer on Gentefied and helped helm the ninth episode of the series, titled "Project Tacos." Gentified centers on three young Latinx cousins, one of whom is queer, navigating the rapidly gentrifying Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights. The Yale graduate was also a staff writer on Netflix's zombie comedy-drama series Daybreak.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of Camila Concepción,” Netflix said in a statement. “Camila was a talented writer with a passion for storytelling, lifting up underrepresented voices, and fighting for representation in front of and behind the camera. She made bold and critical contributions to our industry, most recently through her incredible writing on Gentefied, and her legacy will live on through her work. Our thoughts are with her family and friends in this time of loss.”

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Camila, mi amor, I can't seem to write these words without bursting into tears. I can't believe I'm writing these words at all. Because you're supposed to be here, Camila. You were supposed to be there Thursday and you weren't. And I texted you because I was worried. Because you were missing. A big part of this dream was missing and i should have known... I should have listened to that voice inside that said something was wrong... My love, you were brilliant. You were powerful. You were a creator Marvin and I were ready to champion to the ends of the earth. The first time you sat in that room with us a year and a half ago you were magnetic. You told story like you were spinning cotton candy. The sweetness enveloping the jagged edges of a woman looking to heal. My girl from El Monte who went to Yale who loved her girl from Norwalk who went to Stanford. And we trauma-bonded over being the only ones in a sea of whiteness. Over leaving our hoods and doing better and doing right by our mamis. You were an angel God sent me. I'll never forget the first text you sent me filled with so much love, respect, and adoration. You said you looked up to me but in words that felt like they were coming from the universe itself because you always seemed to send them when I needed them most. When I was struggling with making the show and was having a hard time believing in myself. You were this angel that would pop into my messages or into my office and say exactly what I needed to hear... and did I ever thank you for that? I thought I did but now I can't remember. And fuck I hope I did. You were a light. A brilliant light that struggled to shine in the midst of the darkness in this world. But I saw you, girl. I fucking saw you from the moment I laid eyes on you. I knew you were fucking magic and I wanted the world to devour your magnificence the way you deserved. Baby, you were going to have a show on HBO. I needed that show. I needed your voice. Your story. Your wisdom. Your fucking fierce wit and fearless IDGAF fervor. You should be here.

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Note that none of the reports confirm the location where Camila passed away - the location given (Los Angeles) is based upon the filming location for Gentefied.

Camila's Facebook and Instagram profiles are and

Report added: 1 Mar 2020. Last updated: 20 Jul 2020

Alex McCray

Age 22

4 Jan 2020
St. Louis, Missouri (USA)

Alex McCray
Alex McCray [photo:]

Alex died by suicide. In October 2015 he had won a court case over access to gender-appropriate bathroom and locker rooms at his high school.

A transgender student who was at the forefront of the bathroom issue at Williamsville High School several years ago is being remembered as a quiet but fierce trailblazer.

Alex McCray, 22, who was majoring in social work at Fontbonne University in St. Louis, died last week.

Denise Bentele, a Fontbonne spokeswoman, said the school’s interim chief operating officer informed the campus community Friday of McCray’s death. Students were offered counselling. Bentele did not give the nature of McCray’s death.

McCray, who was identified female at birth but identified as a male, filed a complaint with the Illinois Department of Human Rights in October 2015 over equal access to the gender-appropriate bathroom and locker rooms at the high school. The then-senior enlisted the help of the American Civil Liberties Union in Chicago to reach a settlement with the school allowing him and other students to use facilities that match their gender.

McCray won the ACLU’s John R. Hammell Award for his contribution to fight for equal rights for LGBTQ Americans in 2017. The Illinois Safe Schools Alliance named him activist of the year in 2016.

McCray told The State Journal-Register in 2016 that he was assigned a female identity at birth but transitioned to male his sophomore year in high school.

He said he initially went along with the high school’s decision that he use a separate bathroom because he felt more comfortable. But as he got older and more mature, he decided he wanted to use the boy’s bathroom because that was what he used in other public places.

McCray eventually protested and refused to use the designated bathroom, saying it stigmatized him. That’s also when he decided to file the complaint to force a change, he said.

“I don’t know if Alex saw himself as a pioneer, but he became a pioneer,” said Tonia Faloon-Sullivan, a U.S. history teacher at Williamsville High School, who stayed in touch with McCray.

Report added: 19 Jan 2020. Last updated: 20 Jan 2020

Emerald Kelliher

Age 31 (born 25 Sep 1988)

3 Jan 2020
Montgomery, Alabama (USA)

Emerald Kelliher
Emerald Kelliher [photo:]

Emerald took her own life at the graveside of her dog, Zorro. She volunteered with Montgomery Pride and worshipped with the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Montgomery.

In death her family misgendered and deadnamed her.

The following notice was published by her faith community:

Emerald M. Kelliher, 31, a resident of Montgomery, AL, passed away on Friday, January 3rd, 2020. Emerald was born on September 25, 1988 in Enterprise, Alabama. She is survived by her father, Dr. John C. Kelliher and her mother, Anne C. Kelliher. She is also survived by her brother, Phillip Kelliher (Glenda), her sisters, Susan Kelliher, Margot Whatley and Amber Rice (Brandon). She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews as well as other extended family members. Emerald was preceded in death by her grandparents and her sister, Bridget Mary Kelliher.

Emerald graduated from Loveless Academic Magnet Program in May of 2007. Upon graduation, she was awarded a Congressional German Scholarship. Emerald had a deep love for animals including her beloved companion, Zorro. She also worked, for a period time, with her dad, at his veterinary clinic.

The family is having a private burial service on Monday, January 6th. A memorial service for friends and family will be held on Tuesday, January 7th, at 5:00pm at First Assembly of God in the Jones Chapel, located at 135 Bell Rd, Montgomery, AL. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, or Life on Wheels - Alabama,

— Adapted from the funeral home notice in which she was misgendered and deadnamed by her family, and which can be seen here:

Her friend and pastor Rev. Lynn Hopkins of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Montgomery wrote the following tribute to her:

Emerald was a cherished member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Montgomery, and of the community service coalition Montgomery Pride United. She was known as someone who would always step up when someone was in need, even if there was nothing she could do. She had nothing, but she shared everything without reservation. She never sought to disturb or disrupt, but her truth telling often cause disruption and she bore the cost of it. She would not bend or compromise to suit others, and took the hot glares of society and her own family rather than diminish her own truth.

Emerald was an avid singer, a tireless volunteer, a skilled debater, a vibrant actor, and a lover of animals of all types. She struggled with bipolar depression for many years, and though she continued to seek treatment and took her meds, she could never find lasting relief. After the death of her beloved companion dog Zorro in 2019, she began a downward spiral from which she could not recover. Finally unable to see any hope of relief from the crushing pain and relentless isolation in her illness, she ended her own life alone at the Zorro's gravesite.

Montgomery Pride also mourned her passing:

The first known and reported suicide of a transgender person in the U.S. in 2020 occurred Friday, January 3 in Montgomery, Alabama.

Less than one year after the murder of Dana Martin - the first reported transgender victim of murder in the U.S. in 2019 - occurred in Montgomery, the LGBTQ community is once again mourning the death of a transgender person.

Emerald Kelliher - 31 years of age - died Friday, January 3. Emerald had many friends in the LGBTQ+ community in Montgomery, and was well known and loved especially by the transgender and gender-nonconforming community.

She is described by her friends as being bubbly, and a great conversationalist. She was also an activist, a daughter, a lover of animals, a beacon of light and a bright jewel, and someone who dearly loved her friends.

Those that knew Emerald knew that besides being so delightfully different and gender non-conforming and could absolutely rock that little black dress and her floppy hats, knew also that she suffered from mental illness. She had many friends who would sit with her for hours while she poured out her heart. She tried in many different ways to find the root of her depression and frustration. She was desperate for peace.

Emerald will be honored and mourned at a Grief and Loss Support Group hosted by Montgomery PRIDE United Monday evening, January 6th at the Bayard Rustin Community Center located at 635 Madison Ave. in downtown Montgomery and in a memorial service January 11th at 7 PM at the Unitarian Universalists Fellowship 2810 Atlanta Hwy, Montgomery, Alabama 36109.

Finally, this closing quote from the Esquire article In Alabama, Pride Is a Protest for Queer Survival—Even If That Means Protesting Alone seems so poignant - not just for Emerald, but for all of the trans folks we lose to suicide:

So, perhaps Emerald is not gone. Emerald comes along for walks in the park. She lingers in Zoom calls. She exists in the protests that will happen in individual homes across Montgomery and beyond. And now, I suppose she’s with you, too.

Emerald's Facebook profile is

Report added: 8 Nov 2020. Last updated: 9 Nov 2020

Dustin Parker

Age 25

1 Jan 2020
McAlester, Oklahoma (USA)

TDoR list ref: tgeu/1-Jan-2020/Dustin Parker

Dustin Parker
Dustin Parker [photo:]

Dustin was shot while driving for the taxi firm he co-founded, which was offering people free rides home on the night of New Year's Eve. He died at the scene.

25-year-old Dustin Parker is believed to be the first transgender or gender non-conforming person to die a violent death in 2020. Dustin was working as a cab driver in McAlester, Oklahoma when he was killed by gunfire early on New Year’s Day.

McAlester police are investigating after a man was found fatally shot inside a taxi early Wednesday.

The shooting occurred in the 200 block of West Delaware Avenue about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, Capt. Kevin Hearod of the McAlester Police Department said.

A responding officer found a Rover electric taxi that had been hit by gunfire multiple times, Hearod said.

Dustin was a married father of four and a founding member of Oklahomans for Equality-McAlester Chapter: Southeastern Equality. That organization is hosting a vigil and fundraiser for Dustin’s family on Friday, January 3, 2020 at 6:30 PM.

After his murder Dustin's wife Regina made the following statement:

"Dustin was such an amazing and special person. He was incredibly generous, kind, intelligent, and so empathetic. He had so many things that he wanted to do and achieve in his life. He was everyone’s shoulder to cry on and the best listener. He wanted to help everyone. Everyone always talks about his brilliant, contagious smile and positive attitude that brightened the room, no matter the surroundings.

I have always known how special he was, but I had no idea of all the lives that he touched and I am so grateful for all the love and support I have received.

I know if I tried to thank everyone I would forget someone, but I want everyone to know how incredibly thankful I am for the support from not only our family and friends, but also the community as a whole."

Dustin's Facebook profile is

Report added: 6 Jan 2020. Last updated: 13 Jan 2021

Mia Penny

Age 26

29 Dec 2019
Washington, D.C. (USA)

TDoR list ref: tgeu/29-Dec-2019/Mia Perry

Mia Penny
Mia Penny [photo:]

Mia was killed by armed members of a private security company while responding to a call about an intruder in a vacant DC apartment building reportedly used for sex work.

A DC transgender woman is dead amid conflicting reports of how she died. Apparently, armed members of a private security company shot her while responding to a call about an intruder in a vacant DC apartment building Sunday.

WUSA9 reports that around 10:43 p.m. Sunday, private security guards employed by Metropolitan Tactical Elite Protective Services were called to a vacant apartment building for a possible burglary in the 4200 Block of Barnaby Road Southeast. The guards came across an armed, adult suspect, and D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said evidence shows there was an exchange of gunfire between the suspect and the guards.

According to the guards the ‘man’ with whom they traded gunfire with then ran from the building, The DC K9 unit was called but after a search of the building and surrounding area could not locate the shooter.

At 4:51 p.m. Monday, Seventh District police officers responded to the same address for reports of an unconscious person. Officers found an unconscious adult suffering from gunshot wounds to the midsection. A gun was then recovered from the scene according to police.

The Metropolitan Police Department report states that DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and determined the victim displayed no signs consistent with life. The victim remained on scene until transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Other media outlets make no mention that she was found alive. The medical examiner has yet to release their report of the unnamed transgender woman. She will be identified once the family has been notified according to DC police.

For the armed guards and police collaborated version to be true the fatally wounded woman had to be fit enough to evade both them and a K9 unit and then return to the building nearly 24 hours later to die.

Report added: 1 Jan 2020. Last updated: 13 Jan 2021

Yahira Nesby

Age 33

19 Dec 2019
Brooklyn, New York (USA)

TDoR list ref: tgeu/19-Dec-2019/Yahira Nesby

Yahira Nesby
Yahira Nesby [photo:]

Yahira was found dead by police who were called to her apartment. She had been shot in the chest and leg. A man was been arrested trying to escape from the scene.

A woman who was shot to death at her home in Brooklyn on December 19 appears to have been a transgender woman, according to records, police accounts, social media posts, and news reports emerging in the hours since she was killed.

Police said they arrived at 178 Rockaway Parkway in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn at 4:20 p.m. and found a 33-year-old woman with gunshot wounds to the chest. Medics pronounced her dead at the scene. Meanwhile, cops said they found a 39-year-old man outside the back of the building who had suffered leg injuries after he likely jumped from the building. Authorities took him into custody and questioned him but did not make any arrests.

Police would not confirm whether or not the woman they found was transgender, though they did not dispute that, and officers said in an email on December 19 that they were still trying to notify the victim’s family. Neighbors told News 12 Brooklyn that the victim was transgender.

Shortly after the police report emerged, a handful of social media posts surfaced on both Instagram and Facebook in which individuals stated that Yahira Nesby, a black trans woman who lived in Brooklyn, had died. In yet another sign that Nesby was the victim, online records show that her address was 178 Rockaway Parkway — the same place where cops discovered the body. Calls to phone numbers associated with Nesby at that address were not answered.

Yahira was a ballroom dancer and a member of the House of Chanel. Her Facebook profile is

Report added: 21 Dec 2019. Last updated: 13 Jan 2021

Alice Carter ("Baby Alice")

Age 35

18 Dec 2019
Washington, D. C. (USA)
Not reported

Alice Carter ("Baby Alice")
Alice Carter ("Baby Alice") [photo:]

Alice was found unresponsive on the street by police officers. She was revived using CPR and rushed to hospital, but died after admission.

The cause of her death has not been reported. The police report says she was found “not breathing and unconscious and possibly under the influence of an unknown substance.”

When Alice Carter died Wednesday after collapsing on a Northwest Washington street, there was no immediate outcry.

She had slept on 17th Street north of Q Street for at least 15 years, an advocate said, a transgender woman struggling with addiction and mental-health issues. She recently secured housing through an assistance program, but it wasn’t enough to save her after a life led on the margins.

The Rev. Ben Roberts, director of social justice at Foundry United Methodist Church near Dupont Circle, where Carter worshipped, said her death showed that those who work to help the homeless “fail as often as we succeed.”

“When we lose Alice, we lose one of our very vocal connections to suffering in the community,” he said. “She’s just one more missing voice.”

Carter, 35, was one of at least 117 homeless people to die in the District so far this year, according to city records. Advocates for the homeless said their numbers showed deaths this year reached a five-year high.

Organizations that support the homeless joined Thursday for an annual vigil, followed by a downtown march through evening traffic while carrying an empty coffin. They urged city leaders to increase spending on affordable housing and warned of the Trump administration’s “dehumanizing” rhetoric on homelessness.

Alice had been homeless for at least 15 years and was well known in the area. She had originally become homeless as a result of coming out as trans.

Known for years as Baby Alice, Carter’s friendly and cheerful disposition despite her struggle with homelessness and substance abuse made her a popular figure on 17th Street among those who lived there and those who visited or worked at the restaurants and bars, including two gay bars and the gay-friendly Annie’s Paramount Steakhouse, that line the bustling street.

“Last night the gay heavens welcomed another angel,” said gay bartender Dito Sevilla who lives and works on 17th Street, in a posting on Facebook. “17th Street’s longtime resident singing, dancing, rapping, demi-monde, known for years as ‘baby’ Alice didn’t make it,” Sevilla wrote.

“A more harmless and innocent soul has never shared our streets; she’ll be missed terribly,” Sevilla wrote in his post. “Alice loved wearing pink, composing poetry and of course McDonald’s strawberry milkshakes.”

Sevilla said he and many others who live and work in the neighborhood helped Carter by giving her money. Those who knew her said she often held out a cup asking for help.

David Perruzza, former general manager of the 17th Street gay bar JR’s and current owner of the 18th Street gay bars Pitchers and League of Her Own in Adams Morgan, said Alice Carter also hung out on 18th Street outside the McDonald’s in the Adams Morgan neighborhood.

“A lot of you knew her as the transgender homeless girl on 17th and 18th streets,” Perruzza said in his own Facebook post. “Not many know that she was kicked out of her house cause she was transgender,” he said. “Be kind to people. Everyone has a story. People just don’t become homeless,” Perruzza wrote. “Consider donating to an LGBTQ+ homeless shelter in her memory.”

Ruby Corado, founder and executive director of the D.C. LGBT community services center Casa Ruby, said Carter was an occasional client of Casa Ruby. Corado said Carter had an addiction problem and mental health issues that Corado and others tried to persuade her to take steps to address.

“She was a loving, beautiful soul,” said Corado. “I don’t know too much about her. All I know is when we did outreach I would bring her in and she would take showers, eat, she got clothes, and then eventually she would go back out,” Corado said.

Report added: 24 Dec 2019. Last updated: 20 Jan 2020

Angel Rose Garcia

Age 21

10 Dec 2019
Hyattsville, Maryland (USA)
Not reported

Angel Rose Garcia
Angel Rose Garcia [photo:]

Angel was found in an unresponsive state in an apartment on Tuesday 10th December but died before reaching hospital. The Angel Rose Artist Collective is named in her memory.

A 21-year-old D.C. transgender woman whose friends reported on social media this week that she had not been seen since she left her Northeast D.C. residence on Dec. 10 to go on a date died of unknown causes in the Hyattsville, Md., area apartment of the person who took her there for a visit, according to a spokesperson for the Prince George’s County Police Department.

The spokesperson, Jennifer Donelan, the department’s Director of Media Relations, told the Washington Blade on Tuesday that Angel Rose Garcia was found by emergency medical service technicians minutes after the resident of the apartment that Garcia was visiting called 911 to report she was making strange noises while sleeping and appeared unresponsive.

“On Dec. 10 a person called 911 to report that their friend is gurgling while sleeping and snorting and is very concerned about their wellbeing,” said Donelan. She said the 911 caller reported placing Garcia in a “recovery position” to prevent her from choking and performed CPR to try to revive her.

But by the time the emergency medical team arrived in the apartment they determined that Garcia had died, Donelan told the Blade.

Donelan said police were not releasing the 911 caller’s name but said the apartment was located on the 2400 block of 57th Place in the unincorporated area of Hyattsville, not in the City of Hyattsville.

Angel had not been seen since leaving D.C. to go on a date, and although she died on the same day friends last saw her, she was not reported missing until 16th December, whereupon her disappearance was connected with the body found in Hyattsville.

Angel's passing was mourned by the Angel Rose Artist Collective, which describes itself as "A multilingual Two-Spirit (Native American Transgender, Intersex, Asexual, Queer+)-led Collective of artists, healers, educators, and advocates, uplifting Two-Spirit Nation and BIPOC Communities through art & land justice. Named in honor of our late friend, fellow artist, and community member, Angel Rose who lost her life on December 10, 2019. May her legacy live on through our art!".

Report added: 16 Oct 2020. Last updated: 23 Oct 2020

Nikki Kuhnhausen

Age 17

7 Dec 2019
Larch Mountain, Oregon (USA)

TDoR list ref: tgeu/18-Dec-2019/Nikki Kuhnhausen

Nikki Kuhnhausen
Nikki Kuhnhausen [photo:]

The skeletal remains of Nikki's body were found near Larch Mountain on 7th December. She had been missing since 6th June.

Nikki was from Vancouver in nearby Washington State. She was 17 at the time she disappeared, but by the time her body was found she would have been 18. The date she died has not been confirmed, but cell phone records on the day of her disappearance put her alleged killer in the area where her body was later found.

VANCOUVER, Wash. (KATU) – Police arrested a 25-year-old accused of murdering a transgender teenager who has been missing since June.

Investigators said they believe 18-year-old Nikki Kuhnhausen was killed after revealing to the suspect, David Bogdanov, that she was born male. On December 7, someone found Nikki's remains while collecting bear grass on Larch Mountain in a remote part of northeast Clark County. Detectives say Bogdanov had allegedly been talking with Kuhnhausen on Snapchat and planned to meet on June 6, when she was last seen alive.

Authorities say cell phone records for that day show Bogdanov's cell phone was in the same remote area where her body was found.

“We suspect that there was probably some interaction where - and by his own admission - that he determined that, somehow found out during conversation that she was transgender and he stated that he - that was offensive to his culture and he asked her to get out of his van,” said Lieutenant Tom Ryan of the Vancouver Police Dept. Major Crimes Unit.

During an interview with detectives, Bogdonov said he and Nikki had been together in early June, they "had a conflict" and he asked Nikki to get out of his van. Bogdonov told them that Nikki walked away and he never saw her after that.

David Bogdanov, 25, was arrested on suspicion of murder.

Investigators said they believe Bogdanov met Kuhnhausen the morning she disappeared, killed her, and may have driven his white van - or one like it - up to Larch Mountain.

"The cause of death is always found by the medical examiner's office. There was some evidence that indicates at least the potential of some strangulation involved," Lt. Ryan said.

Bogdanov is expected to make his first appearance on second-degree murder charges Wednesday morning at the Clark County courthouse.

On 27th August 2021 Bogdanov was convicted of second degree murder and malicious harassment. Two weeks later on 9th September he was sentenced to 20 years in jail.

Nikki's Facebook profile is

Report added: 19 Dec 2019. Last updated: 10 Oct 2021

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