Honoring known cases of deadly anti-trans violence in 2017

(last updated December 14, 2017)

These are the 26 transgender people known to be killed in 2017 -- all are transgender people of color, with the exception of Gwynevere River Song and Ally Lee Steinfeld. This number does not include transgender people whose deaths were not reported due to misgendering in police reports, news stories, and sometimes by the victim's family. 

Click on their names for more information about their lives and their death:

  • Brandi Seals was killed on December 13 in Houston, Texas. She was 26 years old.
  • Brooklyn BreYanna Stevenson was found dead on November 27th in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She was 31 years old.
  • Candace Towns was reported missing on October 29 and her body was found on October 31 in Macon, GA. She was 30 years old.
  • Stephanie Montez was found on October 21 in Robstown, Texas, but, due to misgendering by police and the media she was not identified as a transgender woman until October 27. She was 47 years old.
  • Ally Lee Steinfeld was reported missing on September 1 and her remains were found on September 21 in Cabool, Missouri. She was 17 years old.
  • Derricka Banner was killed on September 12 in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was 26 years old.
  • Kashmire Redd was killed on September 4 in Gates, New York. He was 28 years old.
  • Kiwi Herring was killed on August 22 in St. Louis, Missouri. She was 30 years old.
  • Gwynevere River Song was killed on August 12 in Waxahachie, Texas. Gwynevere was 26 years old.
  • Jaylow McGlory was killed on August 4 in Alexandria, Louisiana but due to incomplete information provided by police and local media, she was not publicly identified as a transgender woman until November 1 by the New York City Anti-Violence Project. She was 29 years old. 
  • TeeTee Dangerfield was killed on July 31 in Atlanta, Georgia. She was 32 years old.
  • Ebony Morgan was killed on July 2 in Lynchburg, Virgina. She was 28 years old.
  • Ava Le'Ray Barrin was killed on June 25 in Athens, Georgia. She was 17 years old.
  • Josie Berrios (also known as Kendra Adams and Kimbella Rosé) was killed on June 13 in Ithaca, New York. She was 28 years old.
  • Kenne McFadden was found on April 9 in San Antonio, Texas, but due to misgendering by police and the media she was not identified as a transgender woman until June 6. She was 27 years old.
  • Sherrell Faulkner was attacked on November 30, 2016 and died on May 16, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was 46 years old.
  • Brenda Bostick was attacked on April 25 and died on May 4 in New York City. She was 59 years old. (There have been conflicting reports about the name this person used and their gender. It now seems clear that this person was assigned male at birth and lived at least part of her life as Brenda. Therefore we refer to her as Brenda and use female pronouns out of respect for that identity.)
  • Chay Reed killed on April 21 in Miami, Florida. She was 28 years old. 
  • Alphonza Watson killed on March 22 in Baltimore, Maryland. She was 38 years old. 
  • Jaquarrius Holland killed on February 19 in Monroe, Louisiana (identified as trans on February 28). She was 18 years old.
  • Ciara McElveen killed on February 27 in New Orleans, Louisiana. She was 21 years old. 
  • Chyna Gibson killed on February 25 in New Orleans, Louisiana. She was 31 years old. 
  • Keke Collier killed on February 21 in Englewood, Chicago. She was 24 years old. 
  • JoJo Striker killed on February 8 in Toledo, Ohio. She was 23 years old. 
  • Mesha Caldwell killed on January 4 in Canton, Mississippi. She was 41 years old. 
  • Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow killed on January 1 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She was 28 years old. 

* Initial police reports from Fresno, California identified homicide victim Imer Alvarado as a transgender woman, but Alvarado's friends say he identified as a gay man who occasionally dressed in drag. Police have not arrested a suspect nor revealed a motivation for the murder, which happened on May 17.

* Initial news reports from San Francisco, California identified homicide victim Anthony Torres, aka Bubbles, as a transgender activist, but Torres did not identify as transgender. Police have not arrested a suspect nor revealed a motivation for the murder, which happened on September 9.

* On September 16, Georgia Tech student Scout Schultz was killed by police while they were experiencing a mental health crisis. Schultz was 21-years old, and identified as non-binary, using they/them pronouns. On January 6, in Sharon, Pennsylvania, a 23-year-old transgender man named Sean Hake was also killed by police while Hake was attempting to harm himself. On February 4, 2016 in Mesa, Arizona, police shot and killed Kayden Clarke, a 24-year-old transgender man with Asperger syndrome, after Clarke's friend asked the police to go to his apartment because she was afraid Clarke was suicidal. These tragic incidents speak to the need for more mental health resources for transgender people, and for more comprehensive training for police on how to respond to people experiencing a mental health crisis.

 

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