UPDATE March 11, 2015 — An arrest has been made in the murder of Deshawnda Sanchez. See below.
Original article: In addition, trans women of color continue to be disproportionately victims of transgender violence. It is society’s burden to understand that racial prejudice impacts trans women of color the more than any other marginalized group of people in our society. Until we reverse conditions for trans women of color, trans murders are likely to continue at the rate they are occurring now.
A few days prior to TDOR 2014 in November, Gizzy Fowler was gunned down in front of a home in Nashville, Tennessee. Neighbors called police after hearing gunshots, and police found Fowler on the ground near her car. Reports say the house was unoccupied. There has been no further updates since this initial report.
Update — March 16, 2015. From The Advocate:
A man identified as a suspect in the murder of 24-year-old black trans woman Gizzy Fowler, who was found fatally shot next to her car in November, turned himself into police Tuesday, reports Nashville news station WSMV. Mallory Antoine Porter, 18, surrendered himself to authorities the same afternoon that local media announced he had been identified as Fowler’s murderer, but he has denied being involved in the crime. An arrest warrant was issued for Porter after Fowler’s phone records revealed she had traveled to the area where her body was found to meet someone. Forensic evidence revealed that unnamed individual to be Porter, according to WSMV.
In early December, Deshawnda Sanchez (aka Tata) was shot to death in the Compton area of Los Angeles. Police say she was pounding on the door of a house seeking help while being shot. A neighbor’s surveillance camera captured some of the incident. Police believe robbery was involved.
At this writing there is no further news.
Update — March 11, 2015. From Reuters:
“Police have arrested a self-described former gang member suspected of killing a transgender woman who was shot to death in Los Angeles as she pounded on the front door of a house seeking help, investigators said on Thursday.
The December killing of 21-year-old Deshawnda Sanchez raised concerns among transgender rights activists that she may have been targeted because of her gender identity, and Los Angeles police supervising detective Chris Barling said her transgender status may have been a factor in the slaying.
Barling said prosecutors would decide whether to charge the suspect, Robert James Spells, with a hate crime but that police did not anticipate such a court filing to be made on Thursday, when Spells is expected to be charged with murder in the case.”
Also in early December, Keymori Shatoya Johnson was shot to death in her Albany, Georgia (USA) home. Police arrested Kuyaunnis James that same day and supposedly charged him with manslaughter. Police did not reveal any further details. Johnson’s mother told news reporters Keymori was shot at twice while trying to get away. A grand jury was supposed to have been held on Dec. 18th, however I’ve been unable to find a updated news report on what transpired that day, that is, if it was held at all.
In mid-November, Gay Star News reported the death of a trans woman in the former Soviet state of Georgia. The unnamed victim was found dead in a burned out locked apartment in the capital city of Tblisi. It is believed the fire was started to cover evidence of the murder. No further information available.
Deshawnda Sanchez, Los Angeles: http://ktla.com/2014/12/04/transgender-woman-shot-killed-while-pounding-on-door-of-compton-home-for-help/
Update — arrest made in LA murder: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/02/26/us-usa-transgender-california-idUSKBN0LU2M320150226
Gizzy Fowler, Nashville: http://www.advocate.com/crime/2014/11/18/nashville-trans-woman-found-shot-death
Update — arrest made in Nashville murder: http://www.advocate.com/politics/transgender/2015/03/16/suspect-arrested-november-shooting-tennessee-trans-woman
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