Gwynevere Song became the 17th transgender American murdered in the U.S. this year after being shot over the weekend in their home in Waxahachie, Texas.
The details surrounding the death of the 26-year-old, who used they/them pronouns, are still be investigated by the Ellis County Sheriff’s Department. But it appears Song was involved in an altercation with a man some time after 5pm on Saturday. The man, who was also injured during the incident, was transported to the hospital but Song was pronounced dead on the scene.
Song identified as femandrogyne and studied radiation physics at the University of Texas, where they graduated in 2015.
Song also had a strong conviction to fight against injustice and intolerance.
“My father wasn’t a good person, and put us through a lot of shit,” they wrote in February. “A white supremacist phase was one of them. Took a long while to get over what my toddler brain was fed.”
Last year was the deadliest on record for transgender Americans and though its only August, 2017 is on track to be even worse.
This year is also a record year for LGBT murders in general: According to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, there have been 33 homicides so far linked to the victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity, or more than one a week.