Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Three Trans Women of Color found dead Last Week

Three more trans women of color were found dead this past week.

Tamara Dominguez
Kandis Capri
Elisha Walker

BuzzFeed News reports on how these women were killed:
Dominguez was hit by a car and run over around 3 a.m. local time on Saturday morning in a church parking lot in Kansas City, Missouri, police told local station KCTV. Authorities said she was run over at least three times and her death is being investigated as a possible hate crime. A police spokesperson was not immediately available for comment on Tuesday.
“[The killer] doesn’t know she has family,” Dominguez’s friend Juan Rendon told KCTV. “She had her mom. She had her nephews, brothers, and sisters that person didn’t think about what he did.”
Justin Shaw, executive director at the Kansas City Anti-Violence Project, said he was devastated by Dominguez’s death. “Our hearts are heavy with grief that another member of our community was taken too soon,” Shaw said in a statement. A GoFundMe has been establish to help the Dominguez family return her body to Mexico and pay for her funeral.

Capri, 35, was shot outside of an apartment in Phoenix, Arizona, around 11.30 p.m. local time on Aug. 11. Capri’s mother, Andria Gaines, told the Guardian that police said her child was shot three to four times.
AZCentral.com reported Capri was taken to a hospital where she died from her injuries. Gaines said her child’s transgender identity makes her wonder if Capri was killed as part of a hate crime.
“He identified as transgender,” Gaines told the newspaper. “Initially I was against it, but eventually I determined that was my child and I still loved him and I accepted him as he was.”

Walker was reported missing in November from Salisbury, North Carolina. Local gang member Angel Dejesus Arias, 23, was identified as a person of interest in Walker’s disappearance after her burnt-out car was found, Rowan County Sheriff officials told BuzzFeed News in a statement. In July, authorities began using a cadaver-detecting dog in the search for Walker’s remains. But it wasn’t until last Thursday, during the search of a residence near Smithfield that officials discovered Walker’s body in a shallow “crude grave” in woods behind the house.
Arias has since been charged with murder and felony larceny of a motor vehicle.
When will this end?

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