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Woman killed in Chicago becomes fourth reported trans US murder this year

Woman killed in Chicago becomes fourth reported trans US murder this year

Keke Collier is the fourth reported trans woman to be killed in the US in 2017

A trans woman was killed in a shooting in Chicago.

Keke Collier, 24, was found in the city’s Englewood neighborhood early on Tuesday morning (21 February).

According to Mic, she also went by the name Tiara Richmond.

Early news reports misgendered Collier. Some news outlets, including ABC7 Chicago, have since corrected their copy.

Police were called to South May Street at about 6:14am on Tuesday, to reports of shots being fired.

They found Collier lying in the street, according to ABC 7, and with wounds to her chest, arm, and hand.

She was transported to Advocate Christ Hospital and was later pronounced dead.

The suspect fled southbound in a red car.

Police did not specify whether they’re looking for a man or woman, but say the suspect had dreadlocks and wore a black hoodie.

Shasha Lauren, one of Collier’s friends, told Mic witnesses told her they saw Collier get into a car with a man who later shot her.

Despite the speculation, police still say the circumstances of Collier’s death are unknown and under investigation.

On Wednesday (22 February), some of Collier’s friends held a candlelight vigil.

It was livestreamed to Facebook by Jaliyah Mimi Nowak.

‘Stand up. It could’ve been me, it could’ve been you,’ she says in the video. ‘Trans lives matter.’

She can also be heard speaking to a witness, who said it was where the shooting started, but Collier died one block over.

Keke Collier’s death is the fourth reported homicide of a trans woman in the US in 2017.

Last year, in the US alone at least 21 trans people were killed.