By junior mayema,
Three more black trans woman slain in US
Sixteen trans women have been murdered this year
17 August 2015
by Darren Wee
Three more murders of black transgender women were reported last week, bringing the total to 16 since the beginning of the year.
Kandis Capri, 35, was shot three to four times outside an apartment complex in Phoenix, Arizona at 10.30pm pm on 11 August after she reportedly tried to intervene in a domestic dispute.
Local media did not initially report the incident.
The body of Elisha Walker, 20, was found in a ‘crude grave’ in Smithfield, North Carolina on Thursday (13 August).
She was reported missing in November last year and her burned out car was found two weeks later.
Twenty-three-year-old Angel Dejesus Arias, a member of the Latin Kings gang, has been charged with her murder.Shade Schuler, 22, was found lying in a field in Dallas, Texas on 29 July. Her body was so decomposed it took police two weeks to identify her from her tattoos.
Dallas police, who continue to misgender the victim, said Wednesday (12 August) that Schuler was shot to death.
The murders of Ashton O’Hara, 25, and Amber Monroe were also reported last week.
At least 13 transgender women were murdered in 2014, all but one of whom were black or Latina.
Since January 9, 2015, twelve (12) Transgender women, mostly women of color, have lost their lives due to hate and Transphobia. Eight of these beautiful lives were lost in the first two months of the year. With such a high death toll, something must be done to raise awareness and end the senseless killings of a targeted, vulnerable community.
For Transgender women of color, safety is a real and warranted concern. We are asking the administration to raise awareness and take action to keep this community safe, by conducting a formal investigation of these deaths occurring across the county to the targeted community of Transgender women, particularly women of color.
Please take action to ensure this community does not have to live in fear of losing their lives to hate and violence.
Please tweet President of Obama about this here is how to do it : @POTUS Formally Investigate the Transphobic Violence Leading to the Rising Death Toll of Transgender Women of Colorhttps://petitions.whitehouse.gov/…/formally-investigate-tra… The USA is in urgent in need of a Law that provides Greater Protections for Transgender like this new law of California :
Because While the passage of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act sent an important message to this nation from the federal government, there is still more state lawmakers can do to address hate-motivated crimes that terrorize communities, particularly transgender women of color, across our country.
Here is a recent murder of a trans person Amber Monroe is the 12th transgender person killed in the United States this year, the list keep on getting longer until American society start realizing that transgender people are human beings too and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect :
Trans people of color are being defamed even after their brutal death as prostitutes or sex workers and misgendered , it is so appalling that, this is still happening in the United States in 2015.
Here is another Terribly shocking news , i have no words for this, i hope, they apprehend perpetrator of such hate crime and that justice prevails, and what is even more appalling is that nobody came to rescue her after the stabbing to the death, it is just show how gender identity remains a critical problem in the USA :
India Clarke is not the first trans person of color to be profiled as prostitute or sex worker, another trans woman of color is in jail right now as i write this because Meagan Taylor, the 22-year-old black trans woman allegedly was profiled by Iowa hotel staff and police as a sex worker, and then placed in a segregated jail cell last Monday, has seen hundreds come out in support of her being released over the weekend.
Tampa Is Scene of 10th Trans Murder in U.S.
JULY 22 2015 5:03 AM ET UPDATED: JULY 22 2015 8:55 AM ET
India Clarke, a 25-year-old black trans woman, was found beaten to death Tuesday morning outside Tampa, Florida’s University Area Community Center, reports Tampa Bay TV station WTSP.
A park employee called police after discovering Clarke’s body just before 9 a.m. near the basketball courts. She died from blunt force trauma to the upper body. Family told the TV station that they had last seen her on Sunday spending time with her nephews.
Her killing marks the tenth murder of a trans woman in the U.S. this year, nearly as many as in all of 2014.
As Monica Roberts of trans rights blog TransGriot first reported, WTSP and other local media have gone against journalistic best standards in covering Clarke’s death, using her birth name and male pronouns, referring to her as a “man in a dress,” and bringing up prior arrests that did not lead to convictions in their reports. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office indicated that they would be tracing Clarke’s previous alleged criminal activity to see if it is related to her death.
India Clarke’s mother, Thelma Clarke, fondly remembered her daughter to WTSP as “a good-hearted person, a very loving person” who enjoyed laughing and making others smile. She was studying to be a cosmetologist.
“[Her] last words when [she] headed out the door were, “Mom, I love you, Dad, I love you. And we both said, ‘We love you too,” Thelma Clarke recalled.
Sheriff’s deputies are currently searching for leads, and a local commmunity organization calledCrime Stoppers is offering up to $3,000 for information that leads to the arrest of a suspect or suspects. Officials have not indicated whether Clarke’s murder will be considered a hate crime, but the victim’s father, Samuel L. Clarke, told Tampa Bay’s BHTV-9 that his family has considered it might be and hopes it was was not.
“The Lord made us this way,” he told reporters. “It’s a shame that we could lose the life because of who we are.”
This year has also seen the murders of Mercedes Williamson, 17, in Rocky Creek, Ala.; London Kiki Chanel, 21, in Philadelphia; Kristina Gomez Reinwald, 46, in Miami; Penny Proud, 21, in New Orleans; Taja DeJesus, 36, in San Francisco; Yazmin Vash Payne, 33, in Los Angeles; Ty Underwood, 24, in North Tyler, Texas, and Lamia Beard, 30, in Norfolk, Va.
Bri Golec, 22, of Akron, Ohio, and Lamar “Papi” Edwards, 20, of Louisville, Ky., have alternately been identified as the final victim, though there exist conflicting reports from friends and family about how both individuals identified. By comparison, 12 transgender women were murdered in the U.S. in all of 2014, though this does not account for individuals whose deaths were not reported or investigated, nor for victims who were misgendered or not regarded as trans women in death.
Women of color are the predominant group of trans people facing fatal violence every yearworldwide. This year’s particularly deadly start — with the U.S. averaging one trans woman reported murdered for the first seven weeks of 2015 — has had trans rights activists incensed, and demanding structural social change, policy and law changes that protect trans people from discrimination and harassment, and more frequent, respectful mainstream media attention to what many have termed a homicide “epidemic.”