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Brooklyn Lindsey, a 32-year-old Black transgender woman, was found murdered on Tuesday in an abandoned building in Kansas City, Missouri.
Kris Wade, executive director of the Justice Project of Kansas City, told CNN that Lindsey expressed she was fearful for her life around the time of her death. Wade knew Lindsey for more than 10 years.
Wade said that Lindsey was brutally beaten and hospitalized just a few weeks prior to her death.
Lindsey’s murder took place at an intersection where a Latina trans woman was also murdered four years ago, according to CNN.
Lindsey’s death comes a few weeks after the murder of Muhlaysia Booker, a 23-year-old black transgender woman, in Dallas, Texas. Booker was brutally beaten a few days before her murder: Her attack was caught on video and went viral at the time.
In April, the murders started to become more prolific: eight out of the 11 murders committed this year occurred between April and June alone, further intensifying the fear in the community. Four of the murders took place in June, the same month as Pride Month.
Since the news of Lindsey’s murder broke, people are grieving her on social media.
I still have to overcome deep and consuming fears when I present who I truly am to the world. While i'm proud to be able to celebrate being myself this pride month with our exciting new feats and representations in society, I'm still filled with so much pain inside. According to— Jordana Cook (@jordanatcook) June 26, 2019
And we owe them that same dignity. We owe it to Marsha, to Sylvia, to Miss Major, to everyone who died of AIDS, to Johana Medina Leon, to Brooklyn Lindsey, to everyone who has lived and died and suffered and resisted to fight. We owe it to them, and to ourselves, to never give up— ï (@transbitch) June 28, 2019
The Kansas City Anti-Violence Project created a fundraiser for Lindsey’s family. It has raised around $1,800, about 90% of its $2,000 goal.
“We are saddened, but mostly angered by the continued violence against our sisters,” the fundraiser reads. “Our community seems to only MARCH and donate their energy and funds to matters of Non-BLACK queer people. We must support one another and create a strong foundation to end the senseless violence against us all!”
- Suspect arrested for murder of Chynal Lindsey, a Black trans woman
- 2 trans women killed within 3 months in the same neighborhood
- Chanel Scurlock is the fifth trans woman killed in last month
- Layleen Polanco is the 10th trans woman found dead in U.S. this year
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H/T the Root
Samira Sadeque is a New York-based journalist reporting on immigration, sexual violence, and mental health, and will sometimes write about memes and dinosaurs too. Her work also appears in Reuters, NPR, and NBC among other publications. She graduated from Columbia Journalism School, and her work has been nominated for SAJA awards. Follow: @Samideque