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The true stories of 2013’s trans murder victims

For Transgender Day of Remembrance, we remember the horrific tragedies that led to the deaths of trans victims worldwide
Hundreds of trans people have died this year. We remember them.

When you hear that 238 trans people have been killed this year, including 11 children, it’s a horrific number.

But it’s more than a number. It is 238 people just like you who have lost their lives to intolerance, to hatred, and to fear.

When we sit and remember these victims on Transgender Day of Remembrance today (20 November), we must remember these people had hopes and dreams.

And most importantly, they had futures.

Below is a list of the men and women identified by the Trans Murder Monitoring Project.

This is not a full list. These are the victims identifiable by the project and can be sourced from media reports. It is certainly the tip of the iceberg and should no way be viewed as all trans murders this year.

We must warn you the following list is harrowing, disturbing reading.

Rest in peace.


Fernanda Queiroz
Beaten to death, (multiple blows to the head), body burned
Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, Brazil
21 November 2012

Yeison Ramirez Acosta, 22
Multiple stab wounds to the face, chest, and abdomen
December 2012

Dicky Othman, 52
Hands and legs bound, and her mouth stuffed with a piece of cloth
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
4 December 2012

Renato Espinosa Reyes, 23
Multiple gunshot wounds
Toluca, Mexico
5 December 2012

Gunce Hatun
Stabbed in the chest
Beylikdüzü, Istanbul,Turkey
12 December 2012

Beheaded and burned with partner in their home
Novo Gama, Goiás, Brazil
24 December 2012

Dalvalei José Alves Pereira, 37
Beheaded and burned with trans partner in their home
Novo Gama, Goiás, Brazil
24 December, 2012

Evon Young, 22
Tied up, beaten with fists and other objects, choked with a chain, had a bag taped over his head, shot, set on fire, and discarded into a dumpster
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
2 January 2013

Nicole Galisteu
Santa Cândida, Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
8 January 2013

Daniel Mendoza Ricardo Macias, 23
Multiple stab wounds
Montemorelos, Nuevo León, Mexico
9 January 2013

“Tiffany” Wesley Holder, 19
Multiple stab wounds
Georgetown, Guyana
11 January 2013

Unknown woman
Stoned, stabbed in the neck with a broken bottle
Jaboatão Guararapes, Pernambuco, Brazil
24 January 2013

Multiple stab wounds, beheaded
Zimatlán de Alvarez, Oaxaca, Mexico
28 January 2013

Naomi Estrada, 19
Two gunshots to the head and chest
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
1 February 2013

Palmira Garcia, 37
Partially scalped, signs of torture, laceration to face
Las Marvales, Venezuela
5 February 2013

Mônica Lewinski, 38
Gunshot wound to the head
Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
8 February 2013

Altos, Piauí, Brazil
9 February 2013

Unidentified woman
Seven stab wounds
Gravataí, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
24 February 2013

Unidentified woman
Multiple gunshot wounds
Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
24 February 2013

Beaten and strangled to death.
Embu das Artes, São Paulo, Brazil
3 March 2013

Adán Amilcar Iglesias
Four gunshot wounds to the head
El Carmen, Honduras
4 March 2013

Cemia “CeCe” Dove, 23
Multiple stab wounds, tied with a rope to a block of concrete and thrown in pond
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
27 March 2013

Kelly Young
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
3 April 2013

Ashley Sinclair
Gunshot in the head
Orlando, Florida, USA
11 April 2013

Angel Francisco Martinez Gonzalez
Beaten and shot in the head
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
11 April 2013

Rosa Fernando Domingues, 36
Stabbed to death, Knife wounds to left eye, neck, and shoulder
São José do Rio Preto, São Paulo, Brazil
11 May 2013

Unidentified woman
Bullet to head and leg
Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
11 May 2013

Jorge Luciano Soares De Oliveira, 38
Blow to the head
Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
12 May 2013

Fábio da Conceição Machado, 26
Mumbuca, Mateiros, Tocantins, Brazil
15 May 2013

Ronald Feitosa Souza, 26
Beaten to death, severe head injuries
Mato Grosso, Brazil
23 May 2013

Fatima Woods, 53
Stabbed twice in the torso
Rochester, New York, USA
30 May 2013

Unidentified child, 13
Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
8 June 2013

Otávio Nascimento Valadares, 20
Gunshot wound to the head
Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, Brazil
12 June 2013

Unidentified woman
Gunshot wound to the head
Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, Brazil
25 June 2013

Unidentified woman
Found floating in a gully underneath a bridge
Houston, Texas, USA
7 July 2013

Dora Oezer, 24
Stabbed to death
Kuşadası, Turkey
9 July 2013

Jock Maurice McKinney (aka Valarie)
A single gunshot wound to the lower body
Shreveport,Louisiana, USA
12 July 2013

Diamond Williams, 31
Dismembered, and body parts thrown in a field
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
14 July 2013

Natália Sotero, 20
Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil
17 July 2013

Rafael da Silva Tavares, 21
6 gunshots
Baixada Fluminense, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
19 July 2013

Dwayne Jones, 16
Beaten, stabbed, shot & run over by a car
Montego Bay, Jamaica
22 July 2013

Bludgeoned to death with a hammer
Limoges, France
24 July 2013

Istanbul, Turkey
29 July 2013

Valeria, 30
Beaten to death with sticks
Conceição do Lago-Açu, Maranhão, Brazil
1 August 2013

Unknown woman
Stoned, skull crushed
Téofilo Otoni, Minas Gerais, Brazil
11 August 2013

Islan Nettles, 21
Blunt force trauma
Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
17 August 2013

Joales dos Santos, 22
Gunshot at close range to left breast
Parnaíba, Piauí, Brazil
18 August 2013

Domonique Newburn
Multiple stab wounds
Fontana, California, USA
20 August 2013

Wagner Paula Rodrigues, 42
Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
24 August 2013

Unidentified woman
Severe head injuries, body thrown under a truck
Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
28 August 2013

Artegus Konyale Madden, 34
Gunshot wound to the neck Savannah, Texas, USA
1 September 2013

Terry Golston, 50
Shreveport,Louisiana, USA
6 September 2013

Melony Smith, 28
Beaten to death
Baldwin Park, California, USA
9 September 2013

‘Maiara’ Castro Da Silva, 23
Unknown, body dumped, in advanced state of decomposition
Porto Velho, Rondônia, Brazil
10 September 2013

Unknown woman, 18
Goiânia, Goiás, Brazil
11 September 2013

Hilary Molina Mendiola, 35
Thrown naked from a bridge
Mexico City, Mexico
22 September 2013

Unidentified woman, 19
Four gunshot wounds
Santa Rita, Paraíba, Brazil
24 September 2013

Eyricka Morgan, 26
New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
24 September 2013

Brunete Nascimento Chagas, 22
Head trauma, beaten to death with sticks
Marituba, Pará, Brazil
6 October 2013

Natascha, 27
Gunshot wound
Várzea Grande, Mato Grosso, Brazil
10 October 2013

S. Athiswaran, 31
Multiple stab wounds, hands and legs were tied with a string, face was also covered with plastic
Bagan Ajam, Penang, Malaysia
13 October 2013

Unidentified woman
Strangled, body dumped in a pasture
Sertanópolis, Paraná, Brazil
14 October 2013

Unidentified woman
Stabbed in the neck
Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil
18 October 2913

Unidentified woman
Gunshot wound
Parnamirim, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
23 October 2013

Unidentified woman
Gunshot wound to the head and chest
Goiânia, Goiás, Brazil
25 October 2013

Amari White, 22
Multiple gunshot wounds
Richmond, Virginia, USA
9 November 2013

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