Young Trans Woman Found Dead on Bronx Beach

She was just 23 years old.

A young transgender woman was found dead in the sand at a beach in the Bronx earlier this week, NBC New York reports.

Authorities found the woman in question near Orchard Beach Road and Park Drive around 6am this Monday, August 31. A friend had reported her as missing after she’d gone to the beach but never returned. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The woman was named in a statement to Gay City News on Tuesday as Ellie Williams, although police have yet to release official details about her identity. She was just 23 years old. It was not immediately apparent how she died, and a medical examiner is reportedly performing an autopsy to determine her cause of death.

Williams joins a growing number of transgender Americans who lost their lives too soon in 2020. This June alone, at least four Black trans women were killed in incidents of anti-trans violence. Like too many deceased trans people, she was also misgendered and dead-named in initial reports of her death from local media outlets.

On Twitter, out politician and Bronx native Ritchie Torres called attention to the prevalence of “institutional transphobia.”

“The body of a trans woman, 23, was found dead on Orchard Beach right here in the Bronx,” Torres wrote. “We continue to live in a society that brutally devalues trans lives, often with murderous consequences. All of us must do our part in fighting institutional transphobia.”

To date, HRC has counted 26 transgender homicides nationwide in the first half of 2020. This scourge of recent anti-transgender violence could very well outpace 2019, which saw 27 trans Americans killed over 12 months.

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