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Trans woman stabbed to death in London hotel

Trans woman stabbed to death in London hotel

Naomi Hersi

A trans woman was stabbed to death in a London hotel near Heathrow Airport.

Naomi, 36, was discovered at Heathrow Palace in Hounslow with knife injuries at 10.50am on Sunday last week.

She was pronounced dead 30 minutes later.

Trans woman murdered in London hotel

Jesse McDonald, 24, of Hounslow, was charged with murder.

A 17-year-old girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was charged with assisting an offender. She was released on bail and will appear at the Old Bailey on 17 April.

Tributes were paid to the victim.

On social media, Naomi was described as a ‘tennis lover, music junkie, film and TV addict’.

One neighbor told the Standard: ‘She was fun to be around and a real character. She was into music and tennis. She was a nice person.

‘Naomi was a flamboyant, lovely fun person’

‘We are very shocked by the whole thing. She only used to go away for one night at the most. When she disappeared for more I knew something was wrong.

‘I saw her Whatsapp went offline which was unusual, she was always on her phone.’

Another neighbor said: ‘Naomi was a flamboyant, lovely fun person. I think she had problems in her life but was well liked.

‘We are devastated to lose a friend and neighbor.’

325 trans people killed last year

From October 2016 to September 2017, at least 325 trans, non-binary and gender-variant people were killed.

 

42 of the trans murder victims were reported to be 21 years old or younger, with some as young as 15.

Brazil has the highest number of murders (171), with Mexico second with 56 killings of trans women and men.

The USA has seen 25, an increase from last year when 24 trans people were killed.

But these horrifying numbers are just the tip of the iceberg.

Media organizations – including normally reputable names – are often guilty of misgendering the victims when they are trans, making it even more difficult to get a real sense of the problem.

And there are multiple countries, many in Africa, where we have little knowledge of the violence happening against trans people. The highest numbers have been found in countries with strong trans movements that carry out professional monitoring.