A transgender woman was shot and killed in Houston, Texas, on September 20.
Itali Marlowe, 29, was discovered by police in the driveway of a home at 15829 Ridgeroe Lane at around 2pm, having sustained multiple gunshot wounds. She was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced deceased, according to a Houston Police Department media release.
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Charges have been filed against suspect Raymond Donald Williams (below), who is at large and wanted for murder. He was living with the victim and was seen fleeing the scene of the crime on foot prior to police arriving, according to the release.
Anyone with information as to his whereabouts is asked to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
Marlowe is the latest transgender murder victim in what has become a growing epidemic. She is at least the fourth trans person killed in Texas alone this year, following the deaths of Muhlaysia Booker, Chynal Lindsey, and Tracy Single, all of whom were black women, as have been most of the other trans people killed this year.
Both Booker and Lindsey died in Dallas, while Single, like Marlowe, passed away in Houston.
“Of the known transgender people killed this year, 13 have died from gun violence,” noted HRC Deputy Press Secretary Elliot Kozuch. “Of the more than 150 known victims of anti-transgender violence from 2013 to present, approximately two-thirds of those killed were victims of gun violence.”
“These victims are not numbers—they were people with hopes and plans, dreams for the future, loved ones and communities who will miss them every day,” Kozuch added.