Another trans person in the U.S. has lost their life to anti-transgender violence: 20-year-old London Moore, a black transgender woman living in North Port, FL, was found dead by police from gunshot wounds this past Saturday morning.
The motive for Moore’s murder is not yet known, but LGBTQ advocates in Florida tell local media that they are pushing police to investigate her death as a hate crime. (Moore was dead-named in initial reports of her death.)
To date, Moore is at least the 20th transgender American to lose her life in 2018. Just last week, Shantee Tucker, a black trans woman in Philadelphia, was shot and killed shortly after celebrating her 30th birthday. Like Moore and Tucker, the majority of this year’s victims have been transgender women of color. Many of them came from southern states, including Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida.
“[Moore] the fifth person [to be killed] in Florida alone this year, so we see it’s a huge crisis and needs to be addressed and talked about,” Hal Trejo of All Rainbow and Allied Youth Inc., an LGBTQ nonprofit in Charlotte County, told NBC 2.
In a blog post published earlier today, HRC noted Moore’s death and linked it to the growing epidemic of violence against the trans community: “Moore’s death follows a disturbing wave of violence that has shaken the LGBTQ community in Florida, claiming the lives of at least four transgender women this year.”
Moore is remembered her parents, who told NBC 2 that they’re “broken-hearted” by her death and hope her killer is found.
Police are still investigating her death and say that the possibility of hate crime charges are on the table. No arrests have been made.