Police in Kansas City, Missouri are investigating the suspicious death of a transgender woman.
Authorities found the woman’s body on the porch of an abandoned home during the early hours of 25 June.
Police Sgt. Adam Painter confirmed there were signs of trauma on her body, but no cause of death has been determined or confirmed.
A spokesperson for the police department told KMBC: ‘Homicide Detectives are still conducting their investigation to determine the identity of the victim and how they identify themselves in the community. Thank you all for your patience and understanding.’
Neighbors of the empty home also reportedly told officers they heard an argument followed by gunshots.
A horrifying reality for transgender women
This unidentified woman would be the eleventh known trans woman murdered in the US in 2019.
Most recently, Zoe Spears was shot and killed in Maryland on 13 June. Over 300 supporters turned out at a vigil on Friday (21 June) to mourn the loss of Spears and another trans Maryland woman, Ashanti Carmon.
All of the transgender people who have been killed this year have been black trans women.
Last year, advocates tracked at least 26 homicides of trans people.
The Kansas City Police Department or PROMO, an LGBTI organization in Missouri, did not immediately respond to GSN’s request for comment and additional information.