Transgender Homicide Victims | 2020

The following names are  transgender people who have been killed by acts of violence in the United States of America 
from January 1st 2020 to December 31st 2020.

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Number of trans people murdered in 2020

Last updated: November 27th 2020

Jan 1st

1

Dustin Parker

Dustin Parker, a 25 year old white trans man and father of four who was shot and killed while working as a taxi cab driver in McAlester, Oklahoma 

Payne, Stetson. “McAlester Taxi Driver Fatally Shot Early New Year’s Day.” Tulsa World, 2 Jan. 2020, tulsaworld.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/mcalester-taxi-driver-fatally-shot-early-new-year-s-day/article_3750206e-9149-5856-8dc9-81b8f1c795d3.html.

Feb 24th

2

Neulisa Luciano Ruiz

Neulisa Luciano Ruiz, a homeless transgender woman of color was shot to death in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. After using the women’s bathroom, her attackers followed her and filmed their attack, posting it on social media.

García, Lyanne Meléndez. “Caso De Alexa Expone Transfobia, Sinhogarismo y Faltas En Salud Mental.” Metro, Metro Puerto Rico, 26 Feb. 2020, www.metro.pr/pr/noticias/2020/02/26/caso-de-alexa-expone-transfobia-sinhogarismo-y-faltas-en-salud-mental.html.

 

March 5th

3

Yampi Méndez Arocho

Yampi Méndez Arocho, a 19 year old trans man of color was shot 4 times, two in his face and two through his upper back and killed in Moca, Puerto Rico. 5 hours prior to his death he was attacked by a woman and his mother reported the incident to the police.

He loved basketball and the NBA, particularly the Miami Heat.

Dávila, Javier Colón. “Piden No Descartar Como Crimen De Odio El Asesinato De Un Hombre Trans En Moca.” El Nuevo Día, El Nuevo Día, 8 June 2020, www.elnuevodia.com/noticias/seguridad/notas/piden-no-descartar-como-crimen-de-odio-el-asesinato-de-un-hombre-trans-en-moca/.

Assunção, Muri. “19-Year-Old Man from Puerto Rico Is the Third Recorded Transgender Person Killed in 2020: Reports.” Nydailynews.com, New York Daily News, 11 Mar. 2020, www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/ny-yampi-mendez-arocho-killed-transgender-puerto-rico-moca-20200311-wi3m45mqg5eezmbsswoimpez6q-story.html.

March 18th

4

Monika Diamond

Monika Diamond, a 34 year old  Black transgender woman was shot and killed in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Paramedics arrived after receiving a 911 call about a woman, (Monika Diamond) struggling to breath. She went inside the ambulance and Prentice Bess requested to come inside the ambulance, when EMT’s denied his entry, he left and came back, entered the ambulance and shot her, killing her on scene. 

Hagerty, Anne Marie. “Transgender Woman Shot to Death in Ambulance While Being Treated in South Charlotte.” Https://Www.wbtv.com, 18 Mar. 2020, www.wbtv.com/2020/03/20/transgender-woman-shot-death-ambulance-while-being-treated-south-charlotte/.

March 28th

5

Lexi

Lexi a 33 year old black trans woman was stabbed in the neck at work in Harlem River Park, Harlem, New York. It is believed the attack was a fellow trans sex worker whom she got into a fight with the night before over a wig Lexi had pulled off of her. 

Williams, Nicholas, and Thomas Tracy. “Transgender Woman Fatally Stabbed in the Neck in Harlem; Friend Believes She Was Killed over a Wig.” Nydailynews.com, New York Daily News, 28 Mar. 2020, www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/ny-woman-found-knifed-to-death-in-harlem-20200328-rlrv4welp5cipglo5pfmrmaxii-story.html?fbclid=IwAR0uUzYtmG-qvwjGKMIOMvKR1SWpJBH_IAk_9kg9HleDgK5loBFOgGSgxFo.

April 11th

6

Johanna Metzger

Johanna Metzger was a 25 year old white trans woman was stabbed to death in Baltimore, Maryland where she traveled to seek help at a recovery center. 

She taught herself how to play multiple instruments and was a college graduate.

Kadhim, Eddie. “Virtual Vigil for Transgender Woman Killed in Baltimore.” WMAR, WMAR, 15 Apr. 2020, www.wmar2news.com/news/crime-checker/baltimore-city-crime/virtual-vigil-for-transgender-woman-killed-in-baltimore.

“Obituary for Joseph M. Metzger, III .” Obituary, Burns Funeral Home, 2020, www.burnsfuneralhome.com/obituary/joseph-metzger-iii.

 

April 13th

7

Penélope Díaz Ramírez

Penélope Díaz Ramírez was a 31-year-old trans woman of color was killed in Bayamon correctional complex in Bayamon, Puerto Rico

Assunção, Muri. “Another Transgender Woman Killed in Puerto Rico – the Third in 8 Days.” Nydailynews.com, New York Daily News, 28 Apr. 2020, www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/ny-transgender-woman-killed-puerto-rico-penelope-diaz-ramirez-20200428-sngmirzvajg2xgy6cdkvzwdqhm-story.html.

April 21st

8

Serena Angelique Velázquez Ramos

Serena Angelique Velázquez Ramos, was a 32 year old trans woman of color who was shot and burned under a highway along with Layla Pelaez Sánchez while on vacation in Humacao, Puerto Rico. May 1, two Puerto Rican men were charged under federal hate crimes law for Sánchez’s death.

 

Hernández Pérez, Maribel. “Buscan Asesinos De Mujeres Trans Calcinadas En Humacao.” Primera Hora, Primera Hora, 23 Apr. 2020, www.primerahora.com/noticias/policia-tribunales/notas/buscan-asesinos-de-mujeres-trans-calcinadas-en-humacao/.

 

April 21st

9

Layla Pelaez Sánchez

Remembering Our Dead - Layla Pelaez Sánchez (22 Apr 2020)Layla Pelaez Sánchez was a 21 year old trans woman of color who was shot and burned under a highway along with Serena Angelique Velázquez Ramos  in Humacao, Puerto Rico. May 1, two Puerto Rican men were charged under federal hate crimes law for Sánchez’s death.

Hernández Pérez, Maribel. “Buscan Asesinos De Mujeres Trans Calcinadas En Humacao.” Primera Hora, Primera Hora, 23 Apr. 2020, www.primerahora.com/noticias/policia-tribunales/notas/buscan-asesinos-de-mujeres-trans-calcinadas-en-humacao/.

 

May 3rd

10

Nina Pop

Nina Pop: Transgender woman stabbed to death in Missouri apartmentNina Pop was a 28 year old black trans woman was found stabbed to death in her apartment in Sikeston, Missouri.

Gangemella, Rebecca. “Sikeston Homicide Suspect Arrested.” WPSD Local 6, 15 May 2020, www.wpsdlocal6.com/news/sikeston-homicide-suspect-arrested/article_713e4c08-970a-11ea-b458-4f67e16393e8.html.

May 6th

11

Helle Jae O’Regan

Obituary of Evan-Helle Jae Sorrell Ford O'ReganHelle Jae O’regan, a white trans woman had just turned 20 years old 3 days before her death in San Antonio, Texas. While preparing to open up the barbershop she had worked at with 3 other employees, a man came in asking to make an appointment. When he was asked for a form of payment he became angry, walked out, and came back with a gun and a knife. He had choked Helle unconscious, stabbed another employee, came back and stabbed Helle to death. 

Sanchez, Sam. “Transgender Woman Identified as Victim in San Antonio Barbershop Killing.” San Antonio Current, San Antonio Current, 30 May 2020, www.sacurrent.com/the-daily/archives/2020/05/08/transgender-woman-identified-as-victim-in-san-antonio-barbershop-killing.

Salazar, Maritza. “’What Have You Done Wrong?’ Suspect Yelled to Barbershop Victims before Brutal Attack.” WOAI, WOAI, 7 May 2020, news4sanantonio.com/news/local/arrested-man-accused-of-killing-woman-in-barbershop-attack.

May 9th

12

Jayne Thompson

Jayne Thompson was a 33 year old white trans woman who was shot and killed by a Colorado State Patrol trooper Jason Wade in Aroura, Colorado. Police were called about a person who had been described a person who had been standing still, in the same position, for a “couple of hours.” She did not respond when or acknowledge other people when asked if she needed help. When police arrived, It was reported that she had ran towards the officer with a knife, who then shot her several times. The officer was not charged with her death.

Alex.Zorn@gjsentinel.com, ALEX ZORN. “No Charges to Be Filed against CSP Trooper in May 9 Shooting.” The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, 17 June 2020, www.gjsentinel.com/news/western_colorado/no-charges-to-be-filed-against-csp-trooper-in-may-9-shooting/article_1092b20a-9aba-11ea-b37b-9ff7bdcdc7c7.html.

Ruble, Eric. “Arizonan Identified as Person Shot, Killed by Trooper in Mesa County.” FOX31 Denver, FOX31 Denver, 11 May 2020, kdvr.com/news/local/arizona-man-identified-as-person-shot-killed-by-trooper-in-mesa-county/.

May 27

13

Tony McDade

Tony McDade was a 38 year old black trans man who was shot and killed by a police officer in Tallahassee, Florida

WFSU | By Ryan Dailey Regan McCarthy, and WFSU | By Ryan Dailey. “Officer-Involved Shooting Leaves Tallahassee Resident Dead.” WFSU News, 2 June 2020, news.wfsu.org/wfsu-local-news/2020-05-27/tpd-to-respond-to-report-of-possible-officer-involved-shooting.

 

May 31st

14

Selena Reyes-Hernandez

Selena Reyes-Hernandez was a 37 year old woman of color who was shot in the head and killed in Chicago, Illinois by an 18 year old man after he learned she was transgender.

McCausland, Phil. “Chicago Teen Allegedly Killed Woman, 37, after Learning She Was Transgender.” NBCNews.com, NBCUniversal News Group, 20 June 2020, www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/chicago-teen-allegedly-killed-woman-37-after-learning-she-was-n1231638.

 

June 9th

15

Dominique “Rem'mie” Fells

Dominique Ren’mie Fells was a 27 year old black woman who was violently killed, suffering trauma to her face and head, both of her legs were severed at the mid-thigh and was later found in the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Akhenaton Jones was arrested in Los Angeles California in connection to her murder on November 9th 2020. 

She was an artist and dancer and make plans to go back to school to become a fashion designer. Her friends described her as a vibrant person.

MCDONALD, NATALIE HOPE. “Death of Transgender Woman Ruled a Homicide; Gruesome Slaying Shakes Community.” PhillyVoice, 19 June 2020, www.phillyvoice.com/dominique-remmie-fells-death-black-transgender-woman-homicide-lgbtq-reaction/.

Do, Trang. “Murder Of Black Transgender Woman Dominique Fells Part Of Larger ‘Epidemic’ In Philadelphia, Advocates Say.” CBS Philly, CBS Philly, 12 June 2020, philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2020/06/12/dominique-remmie-fells-philadelphia-police-investigating-murder-of-black-transgender-woman-lgbt-community/.

Staff, 6abc Digital. “Man Arrested in California in Connection with Murder of Philadelphia Transgender Woman Dominique ‘Rem’mie’ Fells.” 6abc Philadelphia, WPVI-TV, 10 Nov. 2020, 6abc.com/dominique-remmie-fells-philadelphia-transgender-murder-akhenaton-jones-police/7814024/.

June 9th

16

Riah Milton

Riah Milton was a 25 year old black transgender woman who was shot and killed during a robbery in Liberty Township, Ohio where two men used a 14 year old girl to lure in Riah and steal her car.

Swilley, Kristen. “Riah Milton, Woman Killed in Liberty Township Robbery, Was ‘Just a Joy to Be around’.” WCPO, WCPO, 13 June 2020, www.wcpo.com/news/local-news/butler-county/liberty-township/woman-killed-in-liberty-township-robbery-was-just-a-joy-to-be-around.

June 13th

17

Brian “Egypt’ Powers

Brian Egypt Powers was a 43 year old black trans man who found dead from a gunshot wound on the sidewalk near the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio.

He was known for wearing colorful braids calling “unicorn braids.

Hamilton, Emily. “2 Months Later, Still No Answers for Family of Transgender Man Murdered in Akron.” WEWS, WEWS, 27 July 2020, www.news5cleveland.com/news/local-news/akron-canton-news/2-months-later-still-no-answers-for-family-of-transgender-man-murdered-in-akron.

June 25th

18

Brayla Stone

Brayla Stone was a 17 year old black transgender woman who was found dead inside her car in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Local newspaper acknowledged calls for using her chosen name, however decided t consult the family who wanted them to use her deadname when reporting about her.  

KLRT – FOX16.com. “UPDATE: Sherwood Police Identify Victim Found Dead inside Car Thursday.” KLRT – FOX16.Com, KLRT – FOX16.Com, 28 June 2020, www.fox16.com/news/local-news/sherwood-police-investigating-homicide-off-of-gap-creek-drive/?utm_campaign=socialflow.

Flaherty, Joseph. “Suspect Arrested in Killing of NLR Teen.” Arkansas Online, 3 July 2020, www.arkansasonline.com/news/2020/jul/03/suspect-arrested-in-killing-of-nlr-teen/?crime.

 

June 30th

19

Merci Mack

Merci Mack was a 22 year old black trans woman who was shot to death in Dallas, Texas

Angelo Walker (20) was arrested and charged with her murder. His bail was set at $900,000. Witnesses said there was an argument about a video of Merci and Angelo together. What was on that video is unknown. 

Branham, Dana. “20-Year-Old Arrested in the Killing of Transgender Woman in East Oak Cliff.” Dallas News, 9 July 2020, www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/2020/07/09/20-year-old-faces-murder-charge-in-slaying-of-transgender-woman-in-east-oak-cliff/.

July 1st

20

Shaki Peters

Shaki Peters was a 32-year old black transgender woman was found in a roadside ditch in Amite City, Louisiana.

(WWL), Chris McCrory. “Trans Woman Killed, Found near Amite City Is the Second Dead within a Week, Advocates Say.” Wwltv.com, WWL, 4 July 2020, www.wwltv.com/article/news/crime/trans-women-killed/289-b05b0a10-8d8a-4945-b426-8e766522e385.

 

July 3rd

21

Bree Black

Bree Black was a 27 year old black transgender woman was shot and killed on a crowded street in Pompano Beach, Florida. Despite the hundreds of people in the area at the time of the shooting, no one has come forward with information.

Odzer, Ari. “Weeks After Transgender Woman Murdered, Broward Detectives Still Seeking Tips.” NBC 6 South Florida, NBC 6 South Florida, 4 Aug. 2020, www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/weeks-after-transgender-woman-murdered-broward-detectives-still-seeking-tips/2272973/.

Ocasio, Bianca Padró and Aaron Leibowitz. “Protesters Mourn the Killing of a Black Transgender Woman in Pompano Beach.” Miamiherald, Miami Herald, 4 Aug. 2020, www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article244012422.html. 

Prichard, Donald. “DETECTIVES INVESTIGATE SHOOTING THAT LEFT A TRANSGENDER WOMAN DEAD.” DETECTIVES INVESTIGATE SHOOTING THAT LEFT A TRANSGENDER WOMAN DEAD | Broward County, 3 July 2020, www.sheriff.org/PIO/BSONews/Pages/DETECTIVES-INVESTIGATE-SHOOTING-THAT-LEFT-A-TRANSGENDER-WOMAN-DEAD.aspx.

July 4th

22

Summer Taylor

Summer Taylor was a 24 year old white non-binary person who was hit by a car and killed while participating in a Black Femme March, in solidarity with Black Lives Matter against police brutality in Seattle, Washington.  

People had been protesting for about an hour on a highway which had been closed off since July 1st, when a car intentionally drove around blockades, going the wrong way onto the ramp  and driving towards the protesters at a “high rate of speed.” Veering sharply, directly hitting Summer and another victim, Diaz Love (32), who survived the incident. 

The driver Dawit Kelete (27) was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide and reckless driving.

Holcombe, Madeline. “The Driver Has Been Charged in the Death of a Seattle Protester Who Was Hit by a Car.” CNN, Cable News Network, 9 July 2020, www.cnn.com/2020/07/09/us/seattle-protesters-car-death-man-charged/index.html.

Waller, Allyson. “Seattle Protester Dies After Being Struck by Car.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 5 July 2020, www.nytimes.com/2020/07/05/us/summer-taylor-seattle.html.

Alfred Charles, KOMONews.com Executive Producer. “Dawit Kelete: Accused Driver Pleads Not Guilty in Death of I-5 Protester.” KOMO, KOMO, 23 July 2020, komonews.com/news/local/dawit-kelete-accused-driver-pleads-not-guilty-in-death-of-i-5-protester.

July 13th

23

Marilyn Cazares

Marilyn Cazares was a homeless 22 year old trans woman of color who was found dead in an abandoned building in Brawley, California, while the fire department was responding to a fire.

A few days prior to her death, two women, who work for Imperial Valley LGBT Resource Center  pulled over after seeing her walking on the street. They asked if she needed anything, Diaz asked her whether she needed anything. “I need a new wig,” she said, gesturing to her worn clothes and hairpiece. One of the women gave Marilyn her  business card, and Marilyn promised to call her after the weekend. The resource center got her a wig, however, Marilyn never called.

Venkatraman, Sakshi. “’Brave’ and ‘Outspoken’ Marilyn Cazares among Six Transgender Americans Killed in July.” NBCNews.com, NBCUniversal News Group, 4 Aug. 2020, www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/brave-outspoken-marilyn-cazares-among-six-transgender-americans-killed-july-n1235642.

Rangel, Alexandra. “Family Demands Justice in Marilyn Cazarez’s Murder.” KYMA, 16 July 2020, kyma.com/news/2020/07/14/family-demands-justice-in-sons-death/.

 

July 26th

24

Tiffany Harris

Tiffany Harris (aka: Dior H Ova ) was a 32 year old black trans woman who was stabbed multiple times in the chest in the Bronx, New York after a man hired her for sex.

Kriegstein, Brittany, et al. “’He’s a Monster’: Suspect Nabbed in Stabbing of Bronx Man Killed after Being Hired for Sex.” Nydailynews.com, New York Daily News, 13 Aug. 2020, www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/ny-bronx-stabbing-murder-arrest-20200813-k5dh6t3utvbajctnuconyt457e-story.html.

Burke, Kerry, and Rocco Parascandola. “Suspect Sought in Fatal Bronx Stabbing.” Nydailynews.com, New York Daily News, 28 July 2020, www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/ny-bronx-suspect-stabbing-death-transgender-woman-20200727-vsazb5iwcjdprokdmrqltgvstm-story.html.

 

July 27th

25

Queasha D Hardy

Queasha Hardy is a 24 year old black trans woman who was shot and killed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Staff, WAFB, and Steve Caparotta. “Victim in Shooting on N Harco Identified.” WAFB9, Gray Television, Inc., 28 July 2020, www.wafb.com/2020/07/27/victim-shooting-n-harco-identified/.

July 28th

26

Aja Raquell Rhone-Spears

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August 12

27

Kee Sam

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Sept 19

28

Aerrion Burnett

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Sept 28

29

Mia Green

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Sept 30

30

Michelle Michellyn Ramos Vargas

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October

31

Felycya Harris

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October 7th

32

Brooklyn Deshuna

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October 11th

33

Sara Blackwood

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October 25th

34

Angel Unique

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Nov 17th

35

Yunieski Carey Herrera

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Nov 23rd

36

Chae’Meshia Simms

Chae'Meshia Simms, age 30

https://www.wtvr.com/news/local-news/trans-community-outraged-and-frustrated-over-deadly-shooting

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