A Black transgender woman, who was fatally shot in downtown Los Angeles by a killer who remains at large, was the 19th trans and gender non-conforming person to be murdered in the United States so far this year, officials at the Los Angeles LGBT Center said Wednesday.
The shooting occurred near 15th Street and Hooper Avenue about 7:10 p.m. Tuesday. No arrests have been made and a suspect description was not released.
The woman, whose identity has not been released, was pronounced dead at a hospital, according to Officer Mike Lopez of the Los Angeles Police Department.
Her death is the 19th recorded murder of a trans and gender non-conforming person in the U.S. in 2020, and the sixth recorded murder of a Black trans and gender non-conforming person this year, according to the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
“Our grief is coupled with outrage at the epidemic of violence against trans people in this country, especially Black trans women,” an L.A. LGBT Center statement reads. “We call upon all people of good conscience to work together to help end the senseless and tragic violence against transgender people. This will require addressing the underlying conditions of anti-transgender bias and racism that increase the risk of violence for all trans women, particularly trans women of color.”
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