A transgender woman in North Carolina has become the 19th trans person murdered in this country in 2017.
Derricka Banner was shot and killed in a vehicle around 3 a.m. on Tuesday morning in the city of Charlotte.
Later that same day Montavious Sanchez Berry was arrested for Derricka’s murder, armed robbery and shooting into an occupied vehicle.
The tragic incident happened right before Charlotte is set to host North Carolina Trans Pride this weekend.
Last year was the deadliest on record for transgender Americans and though its only September, 2017 is on track to be even worse.
The first reported murder of a trans person in 2017 was during the first week of the year. Mesha Caldwell, was shot and found dead on January 4, outside of Canton, Mississippi
This year is also a record year for LGBT murders in general: According to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, there have been 33 homicides so far linked to the victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity, or more than one a week.
In addition to Banner, other victims this year include 28-year-old Ebony Morgan of Lynchburg, Virginia, Ava Le’Ray Barrin, Kenne McFadden, Mesha Caldwell, Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow, JoJo Striker, Jaqarrius Holland, Keke Collier, Chyna Gibson, Ciara McElveen, Alphonza Watson, Chay Reed, Mx Bostick, and Sherrell Faulkner, who succumbed to injuries from a 2016 assault.