Police Rule Trans Woman’s Death A Homicide Two Months Later

Kenne McFadden has become the 12th transgender person of color murdered in the U.S. in 2017.

The body of Kenne McFadden, 27, was found floating in a river in San Antonio, Texas on April 9, but police only just ruled her death a homicide. McFadden—who was misgendered in this week’s police announcement—is believed to have been pushed to her death off of San Antonio’s Riverwalk, mySanAntonio reports. Police are currently interviewing a person of interest in the case.

A pop music fan who loved to sing, McFadden regularly posted videos on Facebook of her covering popular tracks from artists like Christina Aguilera and Katy Perry. A friend described her as “goofy and uplifting,” the San Antonio Current writes.

McFadden’s death follows the murder of trans woman Sherrell Faulkner, 46, of Charlotte, North Carolina, who was brutally assaulted in November 2016 and died just two weeks ago due to complications from her injuries.

Most of the victims, including McFadden and Faulkner, were trans women—and all of the 12 documented victims were people of color. In 2016, 23 trans people were reported as murdered in the U.S., making it the deadliest year for trans Americans.

The other 11 documented victims since January 2017 include Faulkner, Mesha Caldwell, Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow, JoJoStriker, Jaqarrius Holland, Keke Collier, Chyna Gibson, Ciara McElveen, Alphonza Watson, Chay Reed, and Mx Bostick.

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