On Monday morning, April 16, Paige Clay was found dead in Chicago’s West Garfield Park, the victim of a single gunshot to her forehead. Paige was 23 years old, much beloved by her chosen family in Chicago’s Ball community, and a transgender woman of color. No one has been arrested for her murder, and little new information has surfaced since.
Less than two weeks later, on Sunday morning, April 29, Brandy Martell was murdered as she sat in her car, talking with three trans friends in Oakland, CA. Brandy had been approached by two men with whom she had a brief conversation, in which she stated that she and her three friends were all transgender.