Murders Of Three More Black Trans Women Come To Light

The murders of three black trans women of color have come to light in the space of a week, bringing the total to 16 murders of trans women this year, most of whom were women of color.

A North Carolina woman, Elisha Walker, went missing last fall. Her body was found on Thursday, buried in back of a house, after her car was found burned and abandoned in another North Carolina county. Police have arrested a Latin Kings member, Angel Arias, who has been charged with murder and felony vehicle theft.

In Phoenix, Kandis Capri was shot to death outside of an apartment complex on Tuesday. No arrests have been made.

And in Detroit, Ashton O’Hara was murdered in July. Equality Michigan, an anti-violence and advocacy organization, learned that O’Hara was a trans woman, but still using male pronouns. Neither O’Hara’s death nor Capri’s has received local news coverage in their cities.

The other trans women who have been murdered this year are: Papi Edwards, 20, in Louisville, Kentucky, January 9, 2015; Lamia Beard, 30, in Norfolk, Virginia, January 17, 2015; Ty Underwood, 24, in Tyler, Texas, January 26, 2015; Yasmin Vash Payne, 33, in Los Angeles, California, January 31, 2015; Taja Gabrielle DeJesus, 36, in San Francisco, California, February 1, 2015; Penny Proud, 21, in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 10, 2015; Bri Golec, 22, in Akron, Ohio, February 13, 2015; Kristina Gomez Reinwald, 46, in Miami, Florida, February 16, 2015; London Chanel, 21, in North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 18, 2015; Mercedes Williamson, 17, Rocky Creek, Alabama, May 30, 2015; India Clarke, 25, in Tampa, Florida, July 21, 2015; K.C. Haggard, 66, in Fresno, California, July 23, 2015; Shade Schuler, 22, in Dallas, Texas, July 29, 2015; and Amber Monroe, 20, in Detroit, Michigan, August 8, 2015.

[The Advocate]

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