The family of a murdered transgender woman demands justice

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The family of a transgender woman killed in Florida demands a right for minorities to live their lives and to be who they are without any risks. Cathalina Christina James, 24, was fatally shot in Jacksonville on June 24. She was survived by 4 siblings. “We want everyone to be comfortable with who they are,” says her sister Deandra. Friends shared their condolences on social media. “Another trans girl shot and killed is the last thing I want to head. No [matter] the life we may know they lived there is a level of respect that should be held to life. Rest in peace Cathalina Christina James put some respect on her name.” According to Human Rights Watch, there have been 113 incidents of fatal violence against transgender and non-binary people since 2013, in more than half of the cases it was a gun violence. Human rights groups have warned the number of victims could be higher, as this does not include trans victims whose deaths were not reported due to misgendering in police reports, news stories or by their families.

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