Every year on or around 20th November people worldwide gather for the Transgender day of Remembrance to remember the trans people we have lost to murder and violence in the past year, as reported by the Trans Murder Monitoring Project and published by Transgender Europe (TGEU).
The following are details of the trans people known to have been killed worldwide during April 2018.
I’ve also included details of those known lost to suicide where known, though most suicides tend to be unreported.
[TRIGGER WARNING: VIOLENCE. MURDER]
<< March 2018
1 Apr 2018
Chesterfield County, South Carolina (USA)
Sasha was found dead at 8:30am with gunshot wounds inside her car on a rural road in a small South Carolina town in Chesterfield County on Easter morning, Sunday, 1st April.
She was discovered slumped over the wheel and police say her car was parked on the road, left running for nearly two hours as unknowing motorists drove past. As often happens, Wall has been misgendered and deadnamed by both the police and in numerous media reports.
Her body was discovered around 8:30 a.m. Police noted that she had been shot multiple times in the neck and shoulder. “Whoever it was, was angry,” Sheriff Jay Brooks told the FOX 46. “You could tell by the number of shots.”
Brooks added that whoever killed her was “either sitting in the passenger seat or standing outside the car with the car door open.”
Sasha is being remembered on social media as a warm and friendly person, with calls for justice. Her Facebook account is https://www.facebook.com/wendell.Sasha.
2 Apr 2018
Maranguape, Ceará (Brazil)
Beaten and stabbed
Elvira was kicked, punched and then stabbed to death on Pedro Mendes Vasconcelos Street in the Novo Maranguape neighborhood of Maranguape in the Metropolitan Region of Fortaleza.
Elvira lived alone and worked as a cleaner. About 15 days before her death she had posted to a social network about her life and the difficulties she faced.
“Yeah. May I last the time I have to last. Fear of dying? Much”; “You know my life is not easy … hunger, drugs, no sleep, practically alone,” she quoted in two posts.
Her Facebook profile is https://www.facebook.com/elvira.costa.5099.
3 Apr 2018
Macaé, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Andressa’s burnt body was found underneath the Bridge of Barra de Macaé on 3rd April 2018. The circumstances of her death are unknown.
Andressa was a hairdresser and well liked. She had several Facebook profiles:
4 Apr 2018
Álamo, Veracruz (Mexico)
Yoselyn was found with her head covered by a pillow and throat cut in room 8 of the Los Azahares hotel.
Hotel staff found her bloodied corpse early in the morning when they came to service the room. According to witnesses she had arrived with a man in a taxi the previous night.
Benjamin de Jesus Sousa
6 Apr 2018
Vila Palitolândia, Teresina (Brazil)
Benjamin was stabbed in the back in Vila Palitolândia, Teresina (Brazil) on 6th April 2018.
The victim had confronted the killer, who he had accused of robbery. During the ensuing argument Benjamin was stabbed in the back.
According to delegate Luana Alves, from the femicide nucleus of the Department of Homicide and Protection of the Person, the crime may have been motivated by a feud between the victim and the suspect. “It appears that the suspect had already committed a robbery against the victim. The two men kept threatening each other, and there was as fight”, said the delegate.
Angra Alessandra Cupertino
7 Apr 2018
Feira de Santana, Bahia (Brazil)
Alessandra was stabbed in the neck and face inside her own home. Her purse and other personal items were stolen.
Her Facebook profile is https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008840922111.
8 Apr 2018
Guadalupe, Nuevo León (Mexico)
Grechen’s body was found naked in her bedroom. She had been strangled.
“How would you feel if a relative of yours died with signs of torture and the media did not even bother to write her name correctly? Grechen Alina was strangled in her own home and the Monterrey media did not even have the respect to get her name right; where they should have written ‘trans woman’, they wrote ‘man’.
Grechen was famous for her performances, particularly for her impersonations of Lorena Herrera. Her neighbors describe her as a very responsible woman, capable of waking up very early on a Sunday, even though her Saturday shows usually ended very late.”
10 Apr 2018
Madurai, Tamil Nadu (India)
V. was kidnapped at knife point and later stabbed in the neck, chest, stomach and hands.
Three men were subsequently arrested.
Millany Santos Figueiredo (“Millany Sppencer”)
15 Apr 2018
Nossa Senhora do Socorro, Sergipe (Brazil)
Beaten and suffocated
Millany was found dead in her own home by her mother. Her body was covered in blood and she had been suffocated.
Her Facebook profile is https://www.facebook.com/millany.sppencer.
Nati da Silva (“Ivi”)
20 Apr 2018
Lajeado, Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)
Nati was shot by the driver of a car in the centre of Lajeado at around 7:50pm on Friday 20th April. She died at the scene.
Nycoly Souza Nardoni Bhals
22 Apr 2018
Governador Valadares, Minas Gerais (Brazil)
Nycoli was shot in the neck in the early hours of 22nd April near the district Turmalina in Governador Valadares, Minas Gerais (Brazil).
Her Facebook profile is https://www.facebook.com/nycoly.nardoni.
22 Apr 2018
Kalu Khan Swabi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Pakistan)
Tortured and shot
Sheena was asleep in her room when two unidentified men broke in, beat her and then shot her 5 times.
Her killing was reported by Trans Action Pakistan as the 56th murder of a transgender person in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa since 2015.
Alejandra Torres Torres
23 Apr 2018
Solferino, Manizales (Colombia)
Alejandra was stabbed in the street during a fight following a party. She died before reaching hospital.
Her Facebook profile is https://www.facebook.com/alejandra.torrestorres.921.
23 Apr 2018
Brighton, East Sussex (United Kingdom)
Her loss leaves us all so very much poorer.
“Everyone at Trans Pride Brighton is devastated to hear about the passing of our long time volunteer and much loved friend, Christina. Our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to her partner, family and friends.
“We are so proud to have known this inspiring woman and eternally thankful for the effort she put in for our community. Rest in power. ❤
“If you are feeling low or suicidal, please reach out to someone. You are loved and you are not alone.”
China Colón Colón
24 Apr 2018
Naguanagua, Carabobo (Venezuela)
China was a hairdresser. She was shot multiple times in an abandoned lot of the La Luz neighborhood overgrown with mango trees and weeds. Her body was found by a neighbour.
25 Apr 2018
Sydney, New South Wales (Australia)
Lydia died by suicide. No other details are known.
Taliana Rodríguez Rómulo
25 Apr 2018
Suba, Bogotá (Colombia)
Taliana was a hairdresser. She died after suffering an allergic reaction after applying injections. It is not known whether the injection which apparently caused her death was a cosmetic filler of some kind (many trans women in Latin America use industrial silicone for this purpose, and it can be deadly) or something else.
26 Apr 2018
Colonia Villa de los Belenes, Zapopan, Jalisco (Mexico)
Stoned and shot
Arturo was found at the entrance to a field by police officers at around 7:20am. A rock had been dropped on her head and four bullet casings were found nearby.
Age “about 30”
26 Apr 2018
Acapulco, Guerrero (Mexico)
The victim was found shot dead in the La Laja neighborhood of Acapulco at around 8am.
27 Apr 2018
Recife, Pernambuco (Brazil)
Beaten and stabbed
Alan was apparently a drag queen. He and his friend Carlos Lamartine were both found murdered inside a house.
Their deaths sparked protest about their deaths and against homophobia in the city.
28 Apr 2018
Porto Velho, Rondônia (Brazil)
Gabriely’s naked body was found in her apartment in the Central region of Porto Velho. She had been stabbed 25 times, and the knife used to kill her was found at the scene.
On Wednesday 23rd May A 23 year old man was apprehended for her murder.
Her Facebook account is https://www.facebook.com/gabriely.fancciny.
28 Apr 2018
Columbia, South Carolina (USA)
Grayson died by suicide. No other details are known.
29 Apr 2018
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Executed and burned
Matheus was a LGBT activist, black, non-binary, arts student and the first of their family to go to university. They were executed and burned after entering a favela in Piedade in the North Zone of Rio.
30 Apr 2018
Fortaleza, Ceará (Brazil)
Paulinha was shot by a man on a motorcycle on Perimetral Avenue, Jangurussu during the night of Monday 30th April. According to the police she may have been chased before being shot. Friends reported that several days earlier she and others in the area had been threatened.
Bianca Santos Albuquerque
30 Apr 2018
Araras, São Paulo (Brazil)
Bianca’s body was found half-naked at a bus stop on Bernardo Coutinho Road in Araras, close to the entrance to the Vista Alegre neighbourhood.
She had been shot.
May 2018 >>
Rest in peace. We will not forget.