One more trans woman murdered

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28-year-old Josie Berrios, from Ithaca, was found dead in an apartment block just before 7am on Tuesday morning. She is the 13th transgender woman killed in the USA this year. While police have yet to release the cause of death, it is being treated as a murder investigation, court documents say her body was burnt and there was a gas can at the scene. Police have since charged a 45-year-old man, Michael Davis, with second degree murder, as well as first degree arson. The victim is believed to had been in relationships with her potential killer. Friends using a memorial page on Facebook described her as “the most wonderful person I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.” “Her beautiful smile and contagious laugh brought everyone happiness. Josie, I love you baby girl. You will never be forgotten.” Another added: “Josie was one the smartest, sweetest, most mischievous souls I’ve ever known. May she sleep in peace.” House of Merlot, an Ithaca based group of drag performers, where Josie performed under the name Kimbella Rosé also paid a tribute to a proud trans woman who was full of energy and made people feel comfortable next to her.

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