Kansas City police investigating death of a transgender woman

Kansas City police investigating death of a transgender woman
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Police in Kansas City, Missouri are investigating the suspicious death of a transgender woman.

Authorities found the woman’s body on the porch of an abandoned home during the early hours of 25 June.

Police Sgt. Adam Painter confirmed there were signs of trauma on her body, but no cause of death has been determined or confirmed.

A spokesperson for the police department told KMBC: ‘Homicide Detectives are still conducting their investigation to determine the identity of the victim and how they identify themselves in the community. Thank you all for your patience and understanding.’

Neighbors of the empty home also reportedly told officers they heard an argument followed by gunshots.

A horrifying reality for transgender women

This unidentified woman would be the eleventh known trans woman murdered in the US in 2019.

Most recently, Zoe Spears was shot and killed in Maryland on 13 June. Over 300 supporters turned out at a vigil on Friday (21 June) to mourn the loss of Spears and another trans Maryland woman, Ashanti Carmon.

All of the transgender people who have been killed this year have been black trans women.

Last year, advocates tracked at least 26 homicides of trans people.

The life expectancy of transgender people in the US is just 35-years-old and it’s worse for trans women of color worldwide.

The Kansas City Police Department or PROMO, an LGBTI organization in Missouri, did not immediately respond to GSN’s request for comment and additional information.

See also

Man arrested in connection with the murder of Dallas trans woman

Two trans women shot in Pakistan and doctors refused to treat them

Chicago police investigating sergeant who allegedly sexually assaulted trans woman

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Author: Anya Crittenton

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