DETROIT — A transgender woman was shot to death earlier this month in a local park.
WXYZ reported she was killed in Detroit’s Palmer Park on August 15. The television station said her killer who has not been identified dropped a gun after crashing into a car after the murder.
Equality Michigan, a statewide LGBT advocacy group, said in a press release the trans woman’s killer may have been her partner.
Two other trans women in Detroit were shot within days of the murder inside Palmer Park, but they both survived.
“We are saddened to hear of the targeting of transgender people yet again in Michigan and that yet another life has ended too soon,” said Equality Michigan Director of Victim Services Yvonne Siferd.
Several trans women have been reported murdered throughout the U.S. over the summer. These include Mia Henderson and Kandy Hall, whose bodies were found in Baltimore last month and in early June.
A D.C. Superior Court judge earlier this month ordered a Maryland man who allegedly stabbed a trans teenager on a Metro train in Northeast Washington on July 30 to undergo a 45-day psychiatric evaluation.
“We unequivocally offer our support to the victims and their families, and stand with our trans sisters who experience violence at disproportionate and alarming rates,” said Siferd. “We hope that those responsible are swiftly apprehended and brought to justice.”