Transgender Woman Fatally Shot During Altercation In Oregon

Gigi Pierce, originally from Boise, Idaho, is the 11th known transgender person murdered in the U.S. in 2018.

A transgender woman in Portland, Or., was fatally shot on Monday night.

Gigi Pierce, a 28-year-old originally from Boise, Idaho, was gunned down during a late-night altercation with 33-year-old Sophia Adler, who police have now arrested. Authorities are investigating the incident, but have no reason to believe it was a bias or hate-motivated crime, Sergeant Chris Burley of the Portland police told KGW8.

Oscar Guerra-Vera, director of Portland’s Q Center, told the Portland Mercury that he’s planning a community response event to honor Pierce’s life.

Pierce’s death marks the 11th known incident of fatal anti-transgender violence in the U.S. in 2018. Like Pierce, most of this year’s victims were trans women.

News of her death comes less than a week after the fatal shooting of 36-year-old Nino Fortson, a gender-nonconforming person from Atlanta, GA.

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