This year is now the deadliest year for transgender people on record. So far 49 have been killed in 2021. In 2020, the Human Rights Campaign reported 44 deaths.

Below are the transgender individuals who were killed in October and November.

Jessi Hart, 42

Jessi Hart, a trans woman, was found in Banks, Oregon, Oct. 17, but investigators believe that she was killed at least two weeks before that.

She, along with her son Caleb, struggled with housing insecurity and relied on non-profit assistance, according to Willamette Week. Her housing insecurity began in 2016 when she began to transition from male to female.

“As transgender people, we often face so many challenges and uncertainties, including housing and employment security,” said Tori Cooper, HRC director of Community Engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative. “Sadly, these situations can lead to greatly unfortunate outcomes. My heart and that of the community goes out to her son, Caleb.”

Hart’s girlfriend Audrey Savage, had this to say to Willamette Week.

“I’ll miss everything about her. She was intelligent and thoughtful and caring, and I loved her quirks,” Savage said. “The whole shorts with the knee-high socks added to the stretch pants thing. She also took almost all my hats. When they found her, they found her in my camouflage hat.”

Jo Acker, 26

Jo Acker, a trans woman, was working security at a mall when she and another person tried to stop a gunman from killing people in Boise, Idaho Oct. 26, according to KTVB7. The shooter injured five and killed two others, including her. The shooter later died at a hospital after a shootout with police.

Acker’s father, Robert, and partner, Ray Dawn, described her as “loving, kind-hearted” and always wanted to be “the voice of peace and reason.”

"[She] would've done anything for anybody and [she] did, [she] may have not done it intentionally, but [she] gave [her] life so a lot of people could go home that day," Robert told KTVB7. "[She's] my hero."

Rikkey Outumuro, 39

Also known as Tru Starlet, Rikkey Outumuro was a Latina trans woman who was shot and killed in Centralia, Washington on Halloween. She was a popular drag queen, and friends attended a candlelight vigil to honor her memory, according to Yahoo! News.

"Rikkey was a bright shining star among us. She was an inspiration to so many people and life won't be the same without her. We will miss her so very dearly," said Sara Leffew, a friend of Outumuro, in a written statement.

Another friend said performing was one of Outumuro’s biggest passions in her life, but second to her son.

"The love she had for him was so unconditional and above and beyond," said Stephanie Terry in a written statement.

Her boyfriend and suspected killer, Cristopher Allen Gaudreau, 28, is currently waiting to see if he can stand trial, Yahoo! News reported.

Jenny De Leon, 25

Jenny De Leon was killed and her body was found outside of a home in Tampa Nov. 2. A transgender woman, she was an active member of her local PFLAG group who described her as an “enigmatic, bright soul.” The cause of death is unknown.

Angel Naira, 36

Friends of Angel Naira are asking police to investigate her murder as a hate crime when she was shot inside her apartment in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, Nov. 11, as reported by CBS Pittsburgh, who deadnamed her.

Naira, a Black trans woman who worked as a home health aide, was a graduate of cosmetology school, according to a GoFundMe page raising money for funeral expenses.

Naira’s brother, Martell Murray, wrote that she “was a great person and loved everyone. She had a big heart and would do anything for her family and friends.”

Danyale Thompson, 35

Danyale Thompson, a 35-year-old Black trans woman, was shot and killed Nov. 13 during a carjacking in Memphis, Tennessee, according to the National Black Justice Coalition.

Thompson’s loved ones said she had a “lovely and entrepreneurial spirit” and a “zest for life.”

“I am deeply saddened to hear of the murder of Danyale Thompson and another trans sister stolen from us,” said Victoria Kirby York, NBJC deputy executive director. “This violence feels endless. How many people do we need to lose? … The trans community is enduring a silent epidemic of violence, which must end. There is so much that those of us who are not transgender can do to advocate for and invite changes that improve life outcomes and opportunities for transgender people. Together, we can end this epidemic of violence.”


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