Fifty-one. That’s the number of transgender people murdered last year across the U.S. – the deadliest year on record since the Human Rights Campaign began tracking the murders of trans people in 2013.   

The transgender community, and particularly trans women of color, face a high rate of violent crimes compared to their cisgender peers. Such violence often leads to their deaths.

Reporting on this loss alone is not enough to heal the community or give back the lives that were taken away. However, by remembering their names and who they were, the community can help preserve their legacy within the LGBT community, as well as educate others about the struggle of the trans community just to survive.

For as painful as it is to report such detailed information about their death, there is also the chance that these details will lead to the arrest of any criminals surrounding their deaths who may still be at large.

In 2020 a then-record of at least 44 trans or non-conforming people were killed.

“We say at least because too often these stories go unreported — or misreported,” the HRC website states. “In previous years, the majority of these people were Black and Latinx transgender women.”

Trans People Killed in Florida

Alexus Braxton, a 45-year-old Black trans woman, was killed on Feb. 4 in Miami. The police described her murder as a “violent and vicious attack.” Although the police shared footage of a person of interest, no arrests have been made.

Alexus

Photo via Facebook.

Keri Washington, a 49-year-old Black transgender woman, was killed on May 1 in Clearwater by her long-time partner Arthur Benjamin Jr., who confessed to the crime, according to the Tampa Bay Times. He was arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

KeriWashington

Photo via Facebook.

Royal Poetical Starz, a 26-year-old Black trans woman, was fatally shot in Miami Gardens on Oct. 2. Her murder comes after she earned a business degree from Florida Career College vocational school in July. Starz’s body was returned to Omaha, Nebraska, to be buried close to her family.

Duvon Russell, Jr., 28, was arrested for her murder.

RoyalPoeticalStarz

Photo via Facebook.

Jenny De Leon was a 25-year-old Latina transgender woman who was found dead in Tampa on Nov. 2. De Leon was an active member of her local PFLAG group, who said that she was an “enigmatic, bright soul.” The police have not shared her cause of death and the investigation is still open.

JennyDeLeon

Photo via Facebook.

Read more about the above victims as well as updates on all of the transgender people murdered in Florida since 2015 by visiting sfgn.com/TDoR2021.

Trans and Non-conforming People Killed Across the U.S.

  • Tyianna Alexander, 28, Chicago
  • Samuel Edmund Damián Valentín, in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico
  • Bianca “Muffin” Bankz, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Dominique Jackson, Jackson, Mississippi
  • Fifty Bandz, 21, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Chyna Carrillo, 24, New Wilmington, Pennsylvania
  • Siblings Jeffrey “JJ” Bright, 16, Ambridge, Pennsylvania
  • Jasmine Cannady, 22, Ambridge, Pennsylvania
  • Jenna Franks, 34, Jacksonville, North Carolina
  • Diamond Kyree Sanders, 23, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Rayanna Pardo, 26, Los Angeles
  • Jaida Peterson, 29, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Dominique Lucious, 26, Springfield, Missouri
  • Remy Fennell, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tiara Banks, 24, Chicago, Illinois
  • Natalia Smut, 24, Milpitas, California
  • Iris Santos, 22, Houston, Texas
  • Tiffany Thomas, 38, Dallas, Texas
  • Jahaira DeAlto, 42, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Whispering Wind Bear Spirit, 41, York, Pennsylvania
  • Sophie Vásquez, 36, Georgia
  • Danika “Danny” Henson, 31, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Serenity Hollis, 24, Albany, Georgia
  • Oliver “Ollie” Taylor, 17, Gervais, Oregon
  • Thomas Hardin, 35, York, South Carolina
  • Poe Black, 21, Niland, California
  • EJ Boykin, Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Aidelen Evans, 24, Port Arthur, Texas
  • Taya Ashton, 20, Suitland, Prince George’s County, Maryland
  • Shai Vanderpump, 23, Trenton, New Jersey
  • Tierramarie Lewis, 36, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Miss CoCo, 44, Dallas, Texas
  • Pooh Johnson, 25, Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Disaya Monaee, 32, Chicago, Illinois
  • Briana Hamilton, 25, Chicago, Illinois
  • Kiér Laprí Kartier, 21, Arlington, Texas
  • Mel Groves, 25, Jackson, Mississippi
  • Zoella “Zoey” Rose Martinez, 20, Maple Valley, Washington
  • Jo Acker, 26, Boise, Idaho
  • Jessi Hart, 42, Banks, Oregon
  • Rikkey Outumuro, 39, Centralia, Washington
  • Marquiisha Lawrence, 28, South Carolina
  • Angel Naira, 36, Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
  • Danyale Thompson, 35, Memphis, Tennessee
  • Cris Blehar, 65, Kentucky

All of the above information comes from HRC.

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