A transgender woman in Georgia has become the 16th trans person murdered in this country in 2017.
On Monday, TeeTee Dangerfield of College Park was found in her car outside an apartment complex suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Dangerfield, 32, was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta but succumbed to her injuries.
“At this time, we have no information that points to the shooting being the result of our victim being transgender,” College Park police officer Lance Patterson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Trans women are exponentially more likely to be victims of violence—trans women even more so. In 2016, at least 22 transgender Americans were murdered, and 2017 is on tract to be even worse.
— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) August 2, 2017
In addition to Dangerfield, 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.