(UPDATE — Victim identified) The latest in a horrid string of transgender murders: Los Angeles

Yazmin Vash PayneLEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — UPDATE Feb. 4, 2015: Murder victim identified and a suspect has been arrested. From LA Weekly:

“The partner and roommate of a transgender woman found fatally stabbed in a Van Nuys apartment last weekend has been charged with suspicion of murder and “arson of an inhabited property,” the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office announced. The suspect has pleaded not guilty.

The body of Yazmin Vash Payne, 33, was discovered about 5 a.m. Saturday following a fire at an apartment in the 14600 block of Saticoy Street, police said.

On Tuesday the District Attorney’s office charged her “live-in partner,” 25-year-old Ezekiel Jamal Dear, with fatally stabbing the woman and setting the apartment they shared on fire.”


Original article: We’re in the midst of a horrid string of reported transgender murders. In this makes the sixth trans murder I’ve written about in this space during the last 5 days. The death tally so far: Texas, Virginia, Kentucky, Pakistan, Austria and now, Los Angeles. All deaths occurred between the second week in January and the last day of the month.

Police in Los Angeles have yet to release the identify of a trans woman stabbed to death in her Van Nuys apartment on the morning of Jan 31. Her body was found in the kitchen by firefighters who were responding to a fire in a bedroom. Police are looking for the victim’s boyfriend who was heard arguing with victim just before the fire.


UPDATE — Victim identified: http://www.laweekly.com/news/man-killed-transgender-partner-then-set-home-ablaze-da-says-5368947

Recent deaths in Kentucky and Austria: https://lexiecannes.com/2015/01/29/two-more-trans-murders-reported-since-yesterday-kentucky-and-austria/

Pakistan, Virginia and Texas: https://lexiecannes.com/2015/01/27/three-transgender-women-murdered-in-nine-days/

Los Angeles: http://abc7.com/news/boyfriend-sought-in-murder-of-transgender-woman-in-van-nuys-/498965/

Yazmin Vash Payne

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9 replies

  1. my God this is so ridiculous horrible string of murders of sisters you’re talking about the whole bloody planet and only six sisters were murdered. That does not see very many at all. Thank God. How about the thousands of Christians are being murdered around the world in the last month. How about the slave markets reopening in Iraq and Syria where women are being sold into slavery

  2. Mainstream media is covering those stories. Please refrain from using the word “ridiculous”. We don’t need any further triggers. Thank you.

    • My dear I should say something of myself. I’m over 70 years old. I had my surgery over 40 years ago. I have lived in Asia, Africa been to most of South America I good part of Europe and some travel in the Mideast. I’ve seen the suffering of our sisters around the world. hell lot worse for us in the 50s and 60s. Compared to today. Our Progress has been amazing and just..But we are two different Americas. I am from land of the brave. I believe this new generation is from the land of better safe than sorry. When you talk about. Don’t use certain words. I believe is fascism. I wonder in the world Of tomorrow the land of the free are better safe than sorry. Will be America

      • You’re welcome to post your opinions, but the use of certain words invites a flame war, not to mention set some into a downward spiral. Yes, things were much, much worse in the past, and elsewhere around the world today, but this doesn’t mean we should back off the gas because things are “relatively better” today. A person killed today just for being trans is just horrific as it was decades ago. Trans people have yet to achieve the level of equality and protection afforded many other marginalized groups. Events elsewhere around the world have no bearing on achieving equal parity.

      • Why are you derailing the publication of this horrible topic?


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