This weekend, Shante Thompson, a Black transgender woman in Houston, was shot and killed in a double homicide. Autostraddle reports that she’s the eighth trans person murdered in the United States this year:
Thompson is the eighth trans person killed in the US this year, and the fifth trans woman. Two trans men and one genderfluid teen have also been killed. The names of the other victims are Monica Loera, Jasmine Sierra, Kayden Clarke (a trans man), Maya Young, Demarkis Stansberry (a trans man), Kedarie/Kandicee Johnson (the genderfluid teen) and Kourtney Youchum. As usual, most of these people are Black and most are women.
While it’s unclear what exactly the motive of the crime was, the details of the attack, plus the reports from friends and family make it clear that it was extremely violent and that the attackers were very aware of the fact that Thompson was a trans woman. They were familiar with her and it appears that the attack was very personal. In many cases like this, it’s trans women of color who sleep with men who are the targets of violence, often at the hands of their own intimate partners. While we don’t know at all if that’s the case here, we can be sure that we’ll see that type of crime again, even if it turns out not to have been at the root of this case.
Horrific. Thoughts out to her loved ones; rest in power, Shante.