Activists and local media are reporting the murder of Amber Monroe, a Detroit transgender woman.
According to Fox 2 Detroit, the 20-year-old activist was last seen at 6 Mile and Woodward, a well-known area to the local trans community.
‘A lot of transgendered women go out there and don’t have support systems or employment,’ transgender rights activist Julisa Abad said to Fox 2. ‘So they are forced to do whatever they can do to survive,’ Abad continued, who knew Monroe.
Police say Monroe was employed as a sex worker when her body was discovered yesterday, 8 August, morning.
‘She’s been shot two or three times,’ Abad said. ‘But this time she didn’t make it. I’ve witnessed people pushed out of cars, shot, robbed – not a good environment at all.’
Equality Michigan, an activist organization, posted the following statement on its Facebook page:
‘We have no idea yet whether this attack was fueled by transphobia, but we do know that Amber’s murder is the 12th murder of a transgender woman in the United States this year, and the 10th murder of a transgender woman of color. Transgender women, and especially transgender women of color, are disproportionately affected by violence.’