Six Black transgender women have been found dead in the past two weeks. Three of them during Pride Month.
Brayla Stone, 17, was found dead in a car on a walking path in the Little Rock suburb of Sherwood, Arkansas June 25, and a person on social media later claimed they were paid five thousand dollars to kill her.
According to The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Sherwood police on July 2 arrested Trevone Miller, 18, for the murder of Stone.
The article also says that before the arrest a spokesman for the Sherwood police wrote in an email that "at this time we do not have any indication or evidence" as to whether the crime was motivated by hate or bias. At the time, he said he could not release a cause of death.
On June 30, Merci Mack, 22, was found shot to death at an apartment complex in Dallas, according to local authorities. A passerby found her unconscious in the parking lot of the complex and she was later pronounced dead by Dallas Fire-Rescue.
Bree Black, 27, was also shot to death on July 3, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. According to the report, at approximately 10:18 p.m., Broward County Regional Communications received a call in regard to a shooting at 244 N.W. 12th Street in Pompano Beach. She was pronounced deceased at approximately 10:28 p.m. The suspect is at large.
BSO is asking any eyewitnesses to come forward to help solve Black’s murder since they have very little to go on, according to Homicide Sgt. Bryan Tutler.
“The witness accounts that we have are very basic and they’re coming from most people who got involved after the shooting, not people who saw the [crime] unfortunately,” he said in a press conference Monday.
Another Black trans woman, Shaki Peters, was found dead off of a road near the town of Amite City, Louisiana, on July 1 according to information from the St. Helena Parish Sheriff's Office. She was 32.
Sheriff's officials said they were looking into a person of interest from another parish in the case of Peters' death, but have made no arrests.
In a statement on July 4, Louisiana Trans Advocates said that another trans woman was also found dead in Baton Rouge days earlier.
Draya McCarty's death has not been ruled a homicide, but no information has been made public about her death by local law enforcement agencies.
According to CG Spectrum on Facebook, McCarty was also 32 years old.
Very little information has been reported regarding 22-year-old Tatiana Hall’s death. In fact, people have said that the reason could be that the media and police are dead-naming her.
According to ttimenetwork on Instagram, her body was found in Philadelphia, not New Jersey.
Transgender Law Center has also tweeted the victims' names: