Her name was Brenda Bostick

We finally have an identification. A transgender woman was discovered unconscious on a Chelsea street on the evening of April 25 after someone called in to 911 saying an assault was in progress. The victim was rushed to Bellevue Hospital for treatment of a head injury, but she died on May 4.

The medical examiners office has now declared that the cause of death for Brenda Bostick, a 59 year old black woman, was homicide. Ms. Bostick was thought to be homeless.



Can't go more than a week or two, it seems

Somewhen near 4:15 local time in Baltimore this morning, witnesses heard someone screaming for help. Then they heard gunshots.

Two black men were seen running from the scene. They climbed into a dark colored car and took off.

When police arrived, they discovered that a 38-year-old transgender woman had been shot in the stomach. The victim was rushed to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she later was pronounced dead.



Life can seem especially fragile

I'm not doing so well coming up with fresh titles lately. Three days in a row with the same damn topic can do that.

 photo Jaquarrius_zpso2i1zye5.jpgJaquarrius Holland was an 18-year-old transgender woman living in Monroe, Louisiana.

I'm willing to bet that anyone who has followed me lately can finish this story based on my use of the past tense in the previous sentence. But I shall push on anyway.



Make it stop

I'm pretty sure it was yesterday that I wrote about the murders of two transgender in New Orleans on Saturday evening and one in Chicago last Tuesday.

Well, another day older and deeper in debt...




Friday evening police were called to a Sioux Falls apartment building because a juvenile reported a strong odor emanating from a neighbor's apartment. Investigators discovered the body of Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow, a 28-year-old transgender woman. She reportedly had been stabbed to death.

Ms. Wounded Arrow was an Oglala Lakota who grew up on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

A vigil was held outside the building on Saturday evening.

We need justice and we will get it.

I’m still in shock. I keep thinking she’s going to text me or come up here.

I always judge myself more severely than everyone around me. She made me feel like I could be myself.

--Franklin Whiting, Jr, friend and neighbor




Mesha Caldwell was 41, a hair and makeup artist and a transgender woman. Two days ago her body was found along a road in Canton, Mississippi (Madison County). Coroner Alex Breeland did not deny that she had been shot to death. The incident has been ruled a homicide.

While there are limited details behind the shooting, police are currently investigating when the shooting happened, and a motive.




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