List of the Dead: Those Remembered at RVA TDOR
Thanks to Jennifer Gallienne and the folks at TDOR for giving us this list. These were the names read and stories told at the event on November 20th, 2012.
1 Cassandra was a stylist and hairdresser, married, talked to her mother every day on the phone. Friends reported that she was really excited to see her family for the first time in 4 years this Christmas. Her body was found naked in the woods of Rouen, France. Her body was burned after death and investigators say she died from asphyxiation.
2 Madona – A 39-year-old trans woman was stoned to death in the city of Aracaju, Brazil. The 39 year-old was well-known and liked, known locally as ‘Madona’, died from her severe head injuries four-day later, after she was attacked by an unknown group of people with cobblestones. Madona’s neighbor told the Brazilian news: ‘She was a very funny, happy person, who loved to dance and be playful, she didn’t hurt anyone.’This brutal murder is not an isolated case but highlights the violence trans people, in particular, face in Brazil. The National Counsel to Combat Discrimination of the Secretary of Human Rights to the President of Brazil said: ‘The situation in Brazil is very different from any other part of the world.‘Since January we have had over 100 transgender people murdered here – that means over 10 people murdered every month.
3 January Marie Lapuz – stabbed to death on September 29, 2012 in CanadaA Vancouver support group for the transgender community described her as a very young and really a bright light and shining star.She became a social coordinator of the group and faced a lot of challenges as a transgender woman who was also an immigrant. Despite these challenges she excelled as social coordinator of the group. “She was so natural with people, such great communication skills. She was the host of all our events, did fundraising… she was a great singer, she was a good public speaker.”
4 Lorena Escalera also known as La’reina Xtravaganza - was well-known as a member of a celebrated group called House of Xtravaganza. Lorena’s murder has deeply impacted the community and the lives closest to her. Escalera, whose success as a drag performer likely inspired many, and was a direct influence on Ms. Carmen Carrera ( a well-known celebrity). “She was always happy, always having a good time. And she was definitely a big inspiration to me” Carmen Carrera said. She was a model and a beautiful spirit and was described by her friends as touching the lives of everyone she met. She often danced/performed as Beyonce and had been called the Puerto Rican Beyonce. Beyonce was one of her biggest idols. Escalera described herself as an honest and humble person living in Brooklyn, but born and raised in Puerto Rico. She was murdered on May 12,2012 by fire and asphyxiation in her own home. Her death remains an unsolved mystery, she was 24. On her facebook fan page she described herself as “Very honest ,simple , humble, respectful, outgoing, intelligent, smart and very dedicated. She said she liked art, music, fashion and history. Lorena said that she was representing the younger generation and that they had hope.
5 .Brenting Dolliole – a trans-identified 22-year-old, was found beaten to death on November 26, 2011 in New Orleans. Brenting was a daughter, a sister, and a neice. On the Saturday after Thanksgiving her body was found by police. An autopsy found that Brenting Dolliole, 22, died of “severe head trauma. Her family was not notified till two days later. She was in a long-term relationship with a partner that was abusive towards her. Her friends held a vigil to remember her by after her death.
6 On Christmas Eve Dee Dee Pearson, 31, was shot fatally. Her body was found in her apartment.The Kansas City Anti-Violence project released a statement: saying Dee Dee was a friend to many people in the community and she was described by her friends and family as a loving and caring person.
7 Deoni Jones – 23-year-old was stabbed in the head while waiting at a bus stop on the evening of February 2, 2012 in D.C. At her vigil, Jones’s family and friends were joined by members the LGBT community, politicians, clergy and representatives from various government or nonprofit agencies. Around the bus stop and a nearby tree, mourners placed stuffed animals, pictures and other items at a makeshift shrine to Jones. As dusk fell, the mourners passed around a megaphone and shared stories about Jones, who they remembered as a gentle, loving person. Several speakers praised Jones’s bravery for embracing her identity as a transgender woman.
8 An advocate for the Mexican lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ) community, Agnes Torres Sulca, was found murdered in Atlixco, Puebla Saturday, March 10, 2012. She was an academic, a psychologist, an educator, a model, and an activist for human rights of all women in general and of all sexual diversity. Agnes was one of the most prominent advocates for Queer people in Mexico. She died as a result of neck wounds, her body was found burned and thrown in a ditch
9 Coko Williams was shot to death in Detroit Michigan on April 4, 2012. She was 35 years old. She was described by her friends as a sweet, quiet girl. Coko worked as a hair stylist sometimes. She was respected by her friends and people in the community often protected her like she was their child. The community felt like their best friend had been taken away
10 Tyrell Jackson was shot on April 4, 2012 in Florida. Tyrell was standing with another transgender friend and was shot during a drive by. The police say she was shot by a man who targeted young trans people, Tyrell’s friend survived. Jackson was an only child and was described by her mother as a lovely person, that everyone loved, and would be missed.
11 Paige Clay was shot in the face on April 16, 2012 in Chicago. Clay was well-known in the ball community and held down several part-time jobs in the area.“She was a human being just like anyone else and she was trying to do better,” her friend described. Clay attended a weekly transgender women’s group and was described as always having a presence there. Since 2004 she did runway in balls, including dancing, voguing and drag. She was described as trying to do something with her life. She wasn’t a nobody.” Community members and chosen family members gathered May 1 at Taskforce Community and Prevention Services in Chicago to remember murdered transgender woman Paige Clay and to create a community forum on violence against transgender women, particularly those of color.
12 Brandy Martell worked as an outreach worker at the Tri-City Health Center as a peer advocate in Fremont which serves the transgender and transsexual community. She was a Beautiful, content, positive, happy girl with a heart of gold and an urge to help everyone. She was shot to death on April 29, 2012 in California. The Trans March last June in San Francisco was in memory of Brandy. Martell’s murder sparked a lot of debate, but it also sparked many important conversations about trans rights. While alive, Martell was someone who gave back to her community. As cruel as her death was, it has provided a huge sense of awareness to the outside world.
13 Thapelo was murdered on June 09, 2012 in South Africa. Her throat was cut, she suffered partial decapitation, and dismemberment of her genitals. She identified as both gay and transgender and had recently won the Miss Gay pageant in the small town of Kuruman. In addition, Makutle also reportedly worked as a volunteer for LEGBO Northern Cape, a local gay advocacy group, and is also believed to have participated in the Kimberley Out In Africa Gay and Lesbian Festival.
14 Tiffany Gooden was stabbed to death on August 14, 2012 in Chicago. She was 19 years old and was described as funny and caring. She was also friends with Paige Clay, who was a trans woman murdered 4 months prior to Tiffany in the same neighborhood.
15 Laryssa Silveira was shot multiple times in the chest and face and then dumped by the side of the road in Brazil on August 17, 2012. She was described by her friends as quiet and that she had no enemies. She had blonde hair and tattoos.
16 Kendall Hampton, age 26, was shot to death on August 29, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Kendall had an 8-year-old daughter and was described as a joy to be around. She did hair for a living and red hair was their favorite color. Her friend said she “Wasn’t a bad person, got a long with everyone and looked out for people. ”
17 Kyra Cordova, who went by Krya Cruz,died as a result of a gunshot to the head on September 3, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she was 27 years old.. She was a well-known staff member at a local LGBT agency, the Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative. Cordova graduated from North Penn Senior High School in Lansdale in 2003. She was in college studying biology, with aspirations of opening her own transgender medical facility. She worked as a HIV tester and coordinated and performed in GALAEI’s carnival-themed Pride parade contingent. She was described as young person engaged in work that is about all of our lives,” “She was visible, she liked to have fun and even people who didn’t know her are going to relate to her.” “She was full of life and just being fantastic as always,” “For those of us who had the privilege of knowing her, you felt her presence when she walked into a room. There was no mistaking she was there. She always had a smile on her face, and she insisted on saying hello and goodbye any time she left our office. She had an incredible personality and very much willing to give back to our community, a very positive figure in the LGBT community.” She spoke at a Prevention Conference during AIDS Education Month, and spoke about value of community involvement and making a difference in your community. Cordova helped relaunch Young, Trans & Unified at The Attic Youth Center in 2010 and served as a facilitator for the support group. Her murder still remains unsolved and friends and family to this day have been flyering the area where she was found murdered looking for answers and demanding justice.
18 Chassidy Vickers, 32, was shot in the chest on Nov 17th 2011 in Hollywood by a man who previously robbed and assaulted another trans woman of color. She was described by those who knew her as fun, having bright eyes and an eye for fashion. A close friend of her wrote about her after her death and said that she had a loud welcoming laugh, phrases that made everyone laugh and that will not be forgotten, that she was looked up to by many, and that always encouraged people to be who they were and encouraged people to love themselves regardless of what others thought.
19 Sonia Masi was shot to death on November 24, 2011 in India. She was a main spokesperson of the trans community in the state of Gujarat. She was shot at 8:20 pm six times at point-blank by men in a car as she was about to get refreshments at a snack bar. Sonia had already been subject to an attack in 2008.
20 Perla Mora died on December 13, 2011 in Argentina, she was 49 years old. Perla s body was found beheaded, naked and presumably raped in a car on a camping-ground. Perla was a police officer.
21 Jessica Luis was beaten to death on January 4, 2012 in Cuba. She was 18 years old. Jessica was detained and beaten for no apparent reason by police members. She was then taken to a police station where she was again beaten and put into a cell where she passed away.
22 Melda Yuksel was killed by her brother on February 13, 2012 in Turkey. She was 26 years old. She was was shot by her brother in her apartment. The court gave a decreased sentence to the perpetrator (16 years of imprisonment) with the argument that the perpetrator was under “heavy provocation”.
23 Monserrat Pineda was shot on February 27, 2012 in Honduras, she was 22 She was threatened numerous times by a security guard. Monserrat reported the aggressor to the police. As the victim passed the security guard’s place of work, she was shot. She was taken to the hospital, where she died. She was a member of the activist organization, Colectivo Unidad Color Rosa.
24 Miquilo Mamaní was stabbed to death in Argentina on March 14, 2012, she was 29 years oldIn the early morning, various individuals got out of a car and, without any known motive, attacked her, inflicting several wounds with a sharp weapon. Before dying, she stated having been attacked by a group of “ultramoralist” youths who assault transgender people
25 Demetrio was tortured on March 19, 2012 in Bolivia, they were 42 years old. Demetrio was tortured, burned, and beaten to death by a mob of up to 400 people.
26 Anil Aayiramthengu was murdered on May 5, 2012 in India, she was 39 years old, and was found with her throat slit. Anil was a transgender and queer activist. In the area, where she was living “hate pamphlets” had been distributed before her killing. Activists that knew her called killing “a brutal signal that trans people/queer people/ nonconforming persons of all kinds have no right to live”. Two weeks after the murder, police arrested three suspects, who confirmed the killing. One of them called it a “revenge”, because he heard a rumour that Anil was HIV-positive.
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