Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien was killed by her husband Mark Steele-Knudslien in North Adams, MA, on Friday, January 5th.
Seals’ family called the 28-year-old Houston native a beautiful and loving person.
Barely even a woman yet, at 17 years old, Ava Le’Ray Barrin is the 14th trans woman of color in the United States whose life was ended too early.
A recent spike in violence against trans women in Malaysia has left activists and the trans community fearful, but also determined in their calls for the Malaysian Government and society to be held accountable.
Berrios was one of the original and most beloved performers at Ithaca’s House of Merlot, a drag performance troupe that founded the Ithaca College Drag show for the Trevor Project in 2012 and has been raising funds for LGBTQ youth ever since.
McFadden was a 27-year-old restaurant server and aspiring singer in San Antonio, TX.
Nearly all those murdered, including Faulkner, have been Black trans women.
Reed, who grew up in Carol City and graduated from American Senior High School, was just 28 years old. She is the sixth trans woman of color under the age of thirty murdered this year, and the eighth Black trans woman murdered this year.
Police don’t have a lot of information, other than that there was an argument and then two men sped away in a car. They are offering a reward for more information.
Holland, who is the 7th trans person reported murdered this year, was just 18 years old. A teenager. A child.
According to a friend, Gibson was visiting her friends and family in New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras. That friend added, “She was just a really good person. Everyone loved her. This is unnecessary.”
We’re not even two months into the year and four trans women of color have been murdered, three of them Black, and the last two have been not even twenty five years old.
Unfortunately, we weren’t able to report on this murder earlier because Striker was disrespected and misgendered by police and media in death.
Wounded Arrow was loved by many and will be sorely missed. Her murder is hitting the community hard. The Sioux Falls Two-Spirit group said “our hearts are broke as we will miss her very much. So again, prayers are needed. Pilamaye.”
Five days into the new year, as the GOP ramps up its trans-scapegoating rhetoric and legislation around the country, we once again begin counting the trans women’s lives taken by hate.
Lesbian wives Patricia Wright and Charlotte Reed and their 19-year-old son Benny Diambu-Wright suffered fatal knife and gunshot wounds at the hands of 61-year-old Dana Rivers, a former schoolteacher and well-known transgender activist.
“Not even a week ago we were reporting on the murder of another Black trans woman, Jazz Alford, and now, here we are again. I’m extremely sorry to report that this time her name is Brandi Bledsoe, and she was 32 years old and she was from Cleveland, Ohio.”
Edmonds is at least the 21st trans person murdered in the US this year. We knew of at least 23 last year.
While we don’t know the exact number and almost certainly never will, we know that she is at least the 20th trans person murdered this year, most of them being Black and Brown trans women.
She was the light in her family’s life. She was 28 years old. She is the fourth trans woman of color to be murdered in the last six weeks.