At least 14 trans or non-binary people have been killed in 2022. According to the Human Rights Campaign, 55 of them were killed in 2021.
Amariey Lei and Duval Princess were killed in January, and Matthew Angelo Spampinato, Naomie Skinner, Cypress Ramos, and Paloma Vazquez were killed in February. Tatiana Labelle, Kathryn Newhouse, and Kenyatta Webster were killed in March.
And now, Miia Love Parker, Ariyanna Mitchell, Fern Feather, Ray Muscat, and Nedra Sequence Morris, join the list when they were killed in April and May.
Miia Love Parker, 25
On the first day of April, Parker was shot to death in Pennsylvania by (presumably) Saad Najeed Dwight, 38, who is still on the run at the time of publication.
Parker, a Black trans woman, was “the life of the party,” according to CBS Philly who interviewed her loved ones. They said she knew how to “light up a room” when she walked in.
Parker’s loved ones called her death a senseless homicide and want justice to be served. According to Parker’s Facebook profile, she was a former model of CHANEL, a fan of the TV “Pose,” liked puppy memes, and liked shopping and fashion pages.
Ariyanna Mitchell, 17
Mitchell, a Black trans girl, was killed in Virginia the next day. She was caught in the crossfire at a party and, according to a friend, took a bullet that was meant for her and not Mitchell, according to 10 on Your Side.
“[Jimmy Leshawn Williams’ girlfriend] was going to get her boyfriend to come shoot me and everybody in this house,” the friend told 10 on Your Side.
The police arrested 19-year-old Williams and charged him with murder.
Mitchell’s friend, who is also transgender, remembered her fondly.
“She always has a big smile on her face. Always had one. Always had one,” said Mitchell’s friend.
Fern Feather, 29
On Facebook, Feather’s friends posted tributes to the trans woman after she was stabbed to death in Vermont on April 12.
“Fern’s life was a sacred journey of becoming and a blessing to so many in our community,” a friend wrote. “Fern made a difference in the hearts of so many.”
Feather, who used both she/hers and they/them pronouns, celebrated her gender identity on Facebook. She took a photo of herself and asked everyone to share it to “liberate other beautiful ones.”
Seth Brunell, 43, pleaded not guilty to Feather’s murder and is currently being held without bail, according to VTdigger. He told the police that Feather made a sexual advance, was rejected, and Feather allegedly attacked him in response. He had no choice but to “protect himself.”
Ray Muscat, 26
People knew Muscat as “a kind soul who had a glowing smile,” according to an obituary. He was interested in anime and frequently attended conventions “to have fun and show off their unmatched talent and creativity.”
Muscat, a trans man, was shot and killed by his trans girlfriend Ruby Taverner, 22, on May 8 in Michigan. According to Law and Crime, Taverner also killed her brother, Bishop Taverner, 25, and then died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
A GoFundMe was created to donate to the family after their loss, which raised around $6,425 out of the $10,000 goal.
Nedra Sequence Morris, 50
“We pray, that God speaks to us, we don’t go out with a vengeance, that we know justice will be served,” a cousin of Morris said at a vigil in Florida. More than 100 people showed up to honor her memory.
On May 14, Morris, a Black trans woman, was found in a pool of blood after being shot and killed. Police have not released any more information, according to NBC Miami.
“From what I got from this, it was a cruel, nasty calculating thing to do," said Juanita, Morris’ aunt.
Morris was a “strong, feisty, opinionated” woman who loved talking to her friends on the phone, according to HRC.