September 10, 2014 at 4:39 pm EDT | by Staff reports
Trans woman murdered in Memphis
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WREG reported that Alejandra Leos was shot to death near her home in north Memphis on Sept. 5. (Photo public domain)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A transgender woman was gunned down near her home on Sept. 5.

WREG, a Memphis television station, reported that Alejandra Leos was shot to death in north Memphis.

“We’re all still in shock,” Leos’ friend, Melisa Smith, told the television station.

WREG on Sept. 7 reported that Memphis police arrested Marshall Pegues and charged him with first-degree murder. The television station cited a police report that indicates Pegues had an argument with Leos before he fatally shot her in the back.

Leos is the latest trans woman to have been reported murdered in the U.S. in recent months. A trans woman was shot to death in a Detroit park on Aug. 15. The murders of Kandy Hall and Mia Henderson in Baltimore in June and July respectively have left trans women in Maryland’s largest city on edge.

Police in Fort Myers, Fla., on June 19 found Yaz’min Shancez’s burned body behind a local business. Tiffany Edwards, a trans woman of color, was shot to death in a Cincinnati suburb a few days later.

Authorities in Anaheim, Calif., in June found Zoraida Reyes, an LGBT and immigrant rights advocate, dead behind a local fast food restaurant.

“We are enraged after the death of another transgender woman of color, the seventh such homicide of a transgender or gender non-conforming person nationally since the beginning of June,” said Osman Ahmed of the New York City Anti-Violence Project. “Intimate partner violence is a present and deadly issue in LGBTQ communities, and transgender and gender non-conforming people face unique and disproportionately severe forms of intimate partner violence. This crisis demands a remedy.”

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  • This appears to be the work of people driven to extremes of hate by evangelists – they are very strong in the carriabean and its not unusual to find gays there also beheaded, delimbed and their bodies burned

    welcome to extremist xtianity and here is what the crazies of NOM etc used in all 4 marriage Marriage equality states in 2012, and prob the reason they lost

    teh guy laughing like a hyena is Rev McCoy who the right wingers picked to head the anti gay marriage campaign in MD. The bozos thought they could keep this secret.

    BTW here in MD, like a spoiled brat, the catholic church for the first time publically opposed the trans basic protections bill, prob pee'd off that marriage passed

    the attempt to referendum it to the voters by delegate Parrot failed., despite the fact that his constituencey in western MD has a lot of neo – kluxers there

    Good job church – instead of being more inclusive as good pope Francis wants the church to be, the local church kissses the butt of kluxers.

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