The number of deaths of transgender people keeps growing as Diamond “Kyree” Sanders was found dead in Cincinnati, Ohio, bringing the number up to 11 this year.

Sanders’s family and friends wrote an obituary upon her death, sharing how she valued her family and enjoyed spending time with them.

“At the last family Thanksgiving dinner, Diamond let her family know she was thankful that they accepted her for who she was as a transgender,” the obituary reads.

It also talks about how Sanders was really into fashion, and would say things like “I have to be cute, honey!”

“Diamond’s unique style, charm and personality will be greatly missed,” the obituary reads.

Sanders, a Black 23-year-old trans woman, was shot to death during a robbery March 3. The police said it was a “crime of greed” and not because of her gender identity, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. She was taken to a nearby hospital where she died shortly thereafter.

“Barely three months into this year, and we continue to see devastating violence against transgender and non-binary people in the U.S.,” said Tori Cooper, director of community engagement for the Human Rights Campaign's Transgender Justice Initiative, in a press release. “This is unacceptable. Diamond was loved by her friends and family, and should not have been taken from her community. We will continue to speak out against this violence and to support transgender and non-binary people, and we need everyone to do the same.”

The Enquirer reported that police have not released any details about the shooting or possible suspects, and that the investigation is still ongoing.

The HRC reported that at least 44 transgender people have died in 2020.


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