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Two more trans murders reported in US

Two more trans murders reported in US

Keyshia Blige was shot dead in March.

The murders of two more black transgender women were reported in the US this week.

The women were slain earlier in the year but were initially misgendered in police and news reports.

Jasmine Collins, 32, was stabbed to death in Kansas City in June during an argument with a woman over a pair of Vans shoes, according to KCTV.

Tia Townsel was been arrested and charged with second-degree murder.

The Guardian uncovered Collins’ true gender identity while reporting on the murder of another transgender woman of color, Tamara Dominguez, in the city.

Keyshia Blige, 33, was shot in the shoulder on 7 March while driving with a friend in Aurora, Illinois. She continued to drive but ran into a Jeep and died later in hospital.

Police said the killing was ‘definitely not a hate crime’ and no arrests have been made.

The Chicago Tribune initially misgendered Blige, though later reported that she had been taking hormones since January. It was also the Guardian that confirmed her gender identity with friends.

At least 19 transgender woman have been murdered in the US since the beginning of the year, according to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP). All but one of the victims were black or Latina.

‘In 2015 we have witnessed the highest homicide rate of transgender and gender non-conforming people in the US ever recorded by NCAVP’ said Chai Jindasurat, co-director of community organizing and public advocacy at the New York City Anti-Violence Project.

‘Our country cannot continue to watch this violence happen without action. We call on public officials, community leaders, and community members to act now to end this crisis of violence against transgender people. We cannot do this alone, and everyone has a part in ending this violence.’