20th trans woman killed in the USA this year

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The 20th reported killing of a trans person in the US this year alone took place in Houston, Texas, last month. The victim, identified as Itali Marlowe, was gunned down and left in a driveway of a home. Officers found Marlowe in a driveway of a house in the Ridgemont neighborhood, a quiet residential area full of bungalows and pizza drive-ins in the outskirts of Houston on September 20. Marlowe had been shot multiple times, according to detectives, while witnesses reported hearing several gunshots. Paramedics tried to save her, but the 29-year-old woman had injuries that gave her no chance to survive, she was pronounced dead on the way to the hospital. Houston Police charged 23-year-old Raymond Donald Williams, reportedly Marlowe’s roommate, with murder. Marlowe’s death has rippled across the local trans community, one of the most vulnerable and marginalized groups in the country, at a time where transphobic hate crime has rocketed.

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