ALBANY, Ga. — A black transgender woman was shot and killed in the southwest Georgia city of Albany last weekend.
The Albany Herald reported that Kuyaunnis James faces charges of felony involuntary manslaughter, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and solicitation of prostitution in connection with the death of Keymori Johnson. The newspaper cited a spokesperson for the Albany Police Department who said James fatally shot Johnson shortly after 2 a.m. on Dec. 6.
The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs said Johnson is the 12th trans woman of color whose murder has been reported to the agency this year. These include Kandy Hall and Mia Henderson who were killed in Baltimore over the summer.
“At least 12 transgender women of color has been brutally killed in 2014, and these are only the 12 women that we at NCAVP know about definitively, there certainly may be more” said NCAVP Research and Education Coordinator Osman Ahmed. “We need immediate action on a national level to address the alarming violence against transgender women, so that in 2015 these community members are no longer being killed.”