VAN NUYS, Calif. — Los Angeles police suspect a man killed his transgender girlfriend before setting their apartment on fire.
KABC reported that firefighters who responded to the blaze around 5 a.m. on Jan. 31 found Yazmin Vash Payne stabbed to death on the kitchen floor of the apartment she shared with Ezekiel Dear.
The Los Angeles television station reported that Dear walked into a local police station two days later with his pastor and turned himself in.
Payne is among three trans women of color who have been reported killed in recent weeks.
“The lives of transgender women of color need to matter to all of us,” said Chai Jindasurat of the New York City Anti-Violence Project, which coordinates the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs. “We all must take immediate action to end this epidemic by supporting the leadership of transgender women of color, public awareness and respect campaigns, speaking out against this violence, and protecting transgender people from harassment and discrimination.”