DETROIT — The body of 20-year old Amber Monroe was found in Detroit early Saturday morning, and reports claim she was shot.
She was a black transgender woman who had just turned 20. A student at Wayne State University, she loved her close community of friends, going to nightclubs, and dancing.
This marks the 12th murder of a transgender woman in the United States this year, and the 10th murder of a transgender woman of color. The first trans women murder in the US in 2015 was 30-year-old Lamia Beard of Norfolk, VA.
“Our hearts are heavy with grief that we have lost another vibrant member of our community too soon,” says Yvonne Siferd, Director of Victim Services at Equality Michigan. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of Amber’s family and friends whom she clearly loved deeply.
“Her life was just beginning; I know that this loss will leave so many people with a hole in their lives and with more questions than answers. Let’s come together to celebrate her life, and work for real change so that ourtransgender sisters can be free from persecution. I know we can do better. We have to do better.”
“When someone is murdered and then they get misgendered [deadnamed] sometimes by systems [law enforcement, media, etc.] and sometimes even family, we see that as a further act of violence against that person.”