In a story that is depressingly familiar, another transgender woman has lost her life at the hand of an attacker.
Alejandra Leos was reportedly shot to death only steps away from her home in Memphis, Tennessee, last Friday night. While local police reports initially misgendered Leos, family and friends confirmed that the victim identified as a woman. Police have not identified a suspect in the murder.
“Alejandro would say ‘if you don’t know Alejandra then you don’t know Memphis,'" a friend of Leos told reporters.
Transgender individuals, particularly transgender people of color, experience violence at a disproportionate rate when compared to the rest of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. For more information on transgender issues and experiences head here.
A fundraiser through the Gun Violence Survivors foundation is currently in progress in order to aid Leos' family with funeral costs. Head here to visit the campaign.
UPDATE: An arrest has since been made in this case. Head here for more information.