Remembering Our Dead: June 2018

Every year on or around 20th November people worldwide gather for the Transgender day of Remembrance to 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 June 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]

<< May 2018

Antash’a English
Age 38
1 Jun 2018
Jacksonville, Florida (USA)
Shot

Antash’a English [photo: Facebook]

Antash’a was shot. She was found wounded between two abandoned homes on Ella street and died in hospital.

Her Facebook and Instagram accounts are https://www.facebook.com/antasha.english and https://www.instagram.com/thatdevinegirl37/.

http://planettransgender.com/antasha-english/

https://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/local/jacksonville-police-investigating-murder-on-ella-street/761722262

Adrielly Oliveira
2 Jun 2018
São Paulo (Brazil)
Industrial silicone

Adrielly Oliveira [Photo: Facebook]

Adrielly died following a cosmetic procedure.

https://homofobiamata.wordpress.com/2018/06/02/adrielly-oliveira-outros/

https://www.facebook.com/thina.rodrigues.965?hc_ref=ARQmp5LY-fGOO59kXMi76YIdNX3B3kBEE77UIC8X0mRhhTkOaTJ0xuWyTQG7RRR-QsU

Britney Vaz
Age 33
3 Jun 2018
Colniza, Mato Grosso (Brazil)
Shot

Britney Vaz [photo: g1.globo.com]

Britney was an entrepreneur and businesswoman who ran her own bar (“Bar da Britney”, or “Britney’s Bar”).

Britney was shot inside the bar in the early hours of 3rd June 2018. Police were called by witnesses who heard gunshots. She died at the scene.

Britney’s Facebook profile is https://www.facebook.com/britney.vaz.7.

https://homofobiamata.wordpress.com/2018/06/03/britney-empresaria-tiros/

https://g1.globo.com/mt/mato-grosso/noticia/travesti-e-assassinada-a-tiros-em-bar-em-colniza-mt.ghtml

https://www.saibatudomt.com.br/2018/06/colniza-empresario-travesti-e-executada-a-tiros.html

Vitória
Age 19
3 Jun 2018
Salvador, Bahia (Brazil)
Shot

Vitória [photo: bocaonews.com.br]

Vitória was shot dead on Rua Boa Esperança in the Alto Peru neighborhood of Salvador. According to police she was linked to a gang and was executed by rival gang members.

A neighbor said she heard the shots:

https://homofobiamata.wordpress.com/2018/06/03/vitoria-tiros/

ttps://www.bocaonews.com.br/noticias/policia/policia/207773,travesti-e-morta-a-tiros-do-alto-do-peru.html

https://www.itapagipeonline.com/travesti-supostamente-envolvida-com-faccao-e-morta-tiros-no-alto-do-peru/

http://blogdoseixas.com.br/2018/06/05/travesti-e-morta-a-tiros-no-alto-do-peru/

https://www.correio24horas.com.br/noticia/nid/travesti-e-executada-por-dupla-armada-no-alto-do-peru/

Kamylla Roberta
Age 30
7 Jun 2018
Canasvieiras, Santa Catarina (Brazil)
Beaten

Kamylla Roberta [photo: Facebook]

Kamylla was found beaten to death with an iron bar in her own home on Rua José Daux in the north of Santa Catarina Island. She had only moved there a month earlier.

Police have identified a suspect and are searching for him.

Kamylla’s Facebook profile is https://www.facebook.com/kamylla.roberta.39.

https://homofobiamata.wordpress.com/2018/06/07/nao-identificada-golpes-de-barra-de-ferro/

http://horadesantacatarina.clicrbs.com.br/sc/policia/noticia/2018/06/transexual-e-assassinada-no-norte-da-ilha-em-florianopolis-10365458.html

https://ocp.news/seguranca/transexual-e-morta-no-norte-da-ilha-em-florianopolis

https://g1.globo.com/sc/santa-catarina/noticia/transexual-e-assassinada-em-florianopolis.ghtml

http://horadesantacatarina.clicrbs.com.br/sc/policia/noticia/2018/06/policia-tenta-localizar-suspeito-de-matar-transexual-com-barra-de-ferro-em-florianopolis-10370375.html

https://ndonline.com.br/florianopolis/noticias/transexual-assassinada-em-canasvieiras-era-de-sao-jose-dos-campos-sp

https://www.facebook.com/groups/pgmreal/permalink/2034803546592936/

Fernanda Reichert
Age 31
9 Jun 2018
São Leopoldo, Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)
Stabbed

Fernanda Reichert [photo: Facebook]

Fernanda was a beautician. She was found dead with knife wounds to her face and neck inside her home in the Sao Miguel neighborhood of São Leopoldo at around 5pm on Saturday 9th June. One of her arms had also been tied.

https://homofobiamata.wordpress.com/2018/06/09/fernanda-reichert-cabeleireira-facadas/

https://www.jornalnh.com.br/_conteudo/2018/06/noticias/regiao/2277678-transexual-e-assassinada-a-facadas-em-sao-leopoldo.html

https://www.facebook.com/sleopoldo.urgente/posts/254695785090502

https://www.facebook.com/gti24horas/posts/205504146749848

Tyfanny Montel
Age 23–26
10 Jun 2018
Boa Višta, Roraima (Brazil)
Stabbed

Tyfanny Montel [photo: g1.globo.com]

Tyfanny was found dead at dawn on Sunday 10th June at Rua Carmelo in the Pintolândia neighborhood of the West Zone of Boa Vista. She had been stabbed in the chest and arm.

According to family and witnesses she had moved there less than two weeks earlier and was working in a bar on the street where the murder occurred.

https://homofobiamata.wordpress.com/2018/06/10/189/

http://roraimaemtempo.com/travesti-e-morta-com-facada-no-peito-proximo-a-bar-onde-trabalhava-na-zona-oeste-de-boa-vista/

https://g1.globo.com/rr/roraima/noticia/corpo-de-travesti-e-encontrado-com-perfuracoes-de-faca-na-zona-oeste-de-boa-vista.ghtml

http://www.folhabv.com.br/noticia/Travesti-e-executada-a-facada-/40787

J. G. Romero Ortiz
Age 43
14 Jun 2018
San Sebastián Salitrillo, Santa Ana (El Salvador)
Shot

The body of J. G. Romero Ortiz was found inside a plastic bag buried in the garden of a residence in the residential area of Tenerife on 14th June, 11 days after being reported missing on 3rd June.

They had been shot. Their partner is suspected of being responsible for the crime.

Editor’s Note: This is one of those cases whether the gender identity of the victim is not obvious. We have no photos, and the news reports refer to the victim as male. The only clue that the victim may have been trans is that one report states that the body was “a man dressed as a woman”. They could have been a crossdresser, genderfluid, genderqueer, nonbinary, or a trans woman — without more information we have no way of knowing.

http://www.elsalvadortimes.com/articulo/la-nota-roja/hombre-muere-ser-atacado-tapadera-anda/20180615133858043220.html

https://www.laprensagrafica.com/elsalvador/Localizan-cadaver-de-hombre-enterrado-en-patio-de-su-casa-el-principal-sospechoso-es-su-pareja-20180614-0082.html

https://www.lapagina.com.sv/nacionales/localizan-cadaver-de-un-hombre-que-habria-sido-asesinado-por-su-pareja-sentimental/

Name Unknown
14 Jun 2018
Zamora, Michoacán de Ocampo (Mexico)
Shot

The victim was found shot in the head in El Olimpo at around 7:40pm on Thursday 14th June. Her identity is unknown.

http://www.noventagrados.com.mx/seguridad/encuentran-muerto-a-un-travesti-en-zamora-michoacan.htm

http://www.el-independiente.com.mx/hombre-con-ropas-de-mujer-es-hallado-asesinado-en-brecha-de-zamora/

https://www.facebook.com/NotiRed911/posts/1882664225117168

Jessica Mattos
Age 20
15 Jun 2018
Venâncio Aires, Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)
Asphyxiated

Jessica Mattos [photo: Facebook]

Jessica’s body was found by her sister with her head trapped in a window of an abandoned house at Rua Três, in Battisti neighborhood. She died by asphyxiation.

According to relatives, she slept in the abandoned house and used the window to get in and out of the property. As such her death was probably accidental, but also a result of the circumstances she found herself in. Grupo Gay da Bahia (who record deaths of LGBTQ+ people in Brazil) list her cause of death as “cultural transphobia”.

Her Facebook profile is https://www.facebook.com/jessicamattos.mattos.3.

https://homofobiamata.wordpress.com/2018/06/15/192-j-m-20a/

http://www.gaz.com.br/conteudos/policia/2018/06/13/122268-corpo_e_encontrado_preso_em_janela_em_venancio_aires.html.php

http://independente.com.br/jovem-e-encontrado-morto-no-bairro-battisti-em-venancio/

http://www.folhadomate.com/noticias/policia/rapaz-e-encontrado-morto-no-bairro-battisti-em-venancio

http://www.guiavenancio.com.br/noticias-policia/acidente-e-a-principal-hipotese-para-morte-de-homem-no-bairro-battisti.html

https://www.facebook.com/groups/pgmreal/permalink/2041125829294041/

Robertha Sousa
17 Jun 2018
Campo Grande, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Industrial silicone

Robertha Sousa [photo: Facebook]

Robertha was a hairdresser. She died from cardiorespiratory arrest after a cosmetic procedure which involved injecting industrial silicone.

Her Facebook profile is https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100013766102868.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/pgmreal/permalink/2049281998478424/

Diamond Stephens
Age 39
18 Jun 2018
Meridian, Mississippi (USA)
Shot

Diamond Stephens [photo: mic.com]

Diamond was found dead inside a crashed van in Meridian, Mississippi (USA) on 18th June 2018. She had been shot in the back of the head.

According to local media, family members said that she was driving home to get ready for work when she was killed.

She was not identified as transgender until late the following month.

https://mic.com/articles/190437/diamond-stephens-39-year-old-trans-woman-killed-in-mississippi

https://transgriot.blogspot.com/2018/07/number-16-rest-in-peace-diamond-stephens.html

https://www.hrc.org/blog/hrc-mourns-diamond-stephens-a-black-transgender-woman-killed-in-mississippi

https://www.advocate.com/crime/2018/7/25/trans-woman-diamond-stephens-murdered-mississippi

https://avp.org/ncavp-mourns-the-death-of-diamond-stephens-a-39-year-old-black-transgender-woman-in-meridian-ms/

Agatha Gomes
Age 33
19 Jun 2018
Belford Roxo, Rio de Janero (Brazil)
Shot

Agatha Gomez [photo: Facebook]

Agatha was a manicurist. She was shot 9 times in Heliopolis Square in the early hours of Sunday 19th June. She died in hospital after undergoing 12 hours of surgery in an attempt to save her life.

Three days earlier she had shared video footage of a thief who had stolen her motorbike. It is not known whether he was connected with her death.

Her Facebook profile is https://www.facebook.com/walace.gomes.988.

https://homofobiamata.wordpress.com/2018/06/19/197-a-g-33a-manicure-54a-dp-dhbf/

https://odia.ig.com.br/rio-de-janeiro/2018/06/5550436-morre-transexual-atacada-a-tiros-em-belford-roxo.html

http://www.jornaldestaquebaixada.com/2018/06/morre-em-hospital-transexual-atacada.html

https://www.facebook.com/groups/pgmreal/permalink/2051511131588844/

https://www.facebook.com/avozdebeIfordroxo/photos/a.129806281012832.1073741828.128132461180214/187069771953149/?type=3&theater&hc_location=ufi

Chloe Sagal
Age 31
19 Jun 2018
Portland, Oregon (USA)
Suicide

Chloe Sagal [photo: Twitter]

Chloe died by suicide in a park in downtown Portland.

Portland is home to Lines for Life, a nonprofit devoted to suicide prevention throughout the Pacific Northwest. It operates a suicide prevention line that is answered 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It can be reached at 800–273–8255 or by texting “273TALK” to 839863.

https://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2018/06/woman_who_set_self_on_fire_in.html

https://eklist.com/chloe-sagal-sgt-chris-burley-854/

https://twitter.com/search?q=%23chloesagal&src=typd

Daniela Gutiérrez
Age 49
19 Jun 2018
Santiago del Estero, Santiago del Estero (Argentina)
Clinical negligence

Daniela Gutiérrez [photo: agenciapresentes.org]

Daniela was found dead in a house in Santiago del Estero on 19th June. She died as a result of an illness left untreated because her local hospital refused to admit her.

Agencia Presentes report her cause of death as “social transvesticide”.

http://agenciapresentes.org/2018/06/21/santiago-del-estero-denuncian-muerte-de-una-trans-por-falta-de-acceso-a-la-salud/

http://www.nuevodiarioweb.com.ar/noticias/2018/06/19/154042-una-trans-ingreso-sin-vida-al-hospital-con-signos-de-asfixia-mecanica

Nataly Briyith Sánchez
19 Jun 2018
Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas (Mexico)
Shot

Nataly Briyth Sánchez [photo: Facebook]

Nataly was murdered by a client inside her home. Her killer was arrested for the crime.

Nataly was a member of the Diana Sacayán Civil Association. Her Facebook profile is https://www.facebook.com/emellyn.sanchezlopez.

https://www.animalpolitico.com/2018/06/asesinan-a-mujer-trans-chiapas/

https://www.proceso.com.mx/539449/ejecutan-a-joven-transexual-en-chiapas-suman-cinco-las-personas-de-la-comunidad-gay-asesinadas-en-2018

https://www.sdpnoticias.com/gay/2018/06/21/asesinan-a-joven-trans-en-su-domicilio-en-chiapas

http://www.noticiasnvi.com/Articles/chiapas/2018/06/22/exigen-justicia-por-crimenesde-odio-contra-mujeres-trans

https://www.facebook.com/dianasacayan.org/posts/2252609868299883

Juliana Araújo
20 Jun 2018
Brasilia, Distrito Federal (Brazil)
Suicide

Juliana Araújo [photo: Facebook]

Juliana died by suicide. Her Facebook profile is https://www.facebook.com/juliana.bsb.dias.

https://homofobiamata.wordpress.com/2018/06/19/195-j-a/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/pgmreal/permalink/2051537934919497/

Thalia Costa Barboza
Age 33
21 Jun 2018
São Borja, Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)
Not reported

Thalia Costa Barboza [photo: Facebook.com]

Thalia was killed by her Douglas Gluszsazk Rodrigues, 22, with whom she had recently begun a relationship. Reportedly he killed her because he did not want their relationship to become public knowledge.

He was arrested after being identified through CCTV footage and confessed to the crime.

Thalia’s Facebook profile is https://www.facebook.com/thalia.costa2013. She was a survivor of abuse from a previous relationship.

https://homofobiamata.wordpress.com/2018/06/21/201-thalia-costa-barboza/

https://g1.globo.com/rs/rio-grande-do-sul/noticia/transexual-e-morta-a-pauladas-por-jogador-de-futebol-em-sao-borja-diz-policia.ghtml

https://gauchazh.clicrbs.com.br/seguranca/noticia/2018/06/transexual-e-assassinada-por-jogador-de-futebol-em-sao-borja-cjioycs2s0idu01qoz65qnh5h.html

http://www.santiagonews.com.br/colunas/geral-coluna/id/8752/crime-brutal-jogador-de-futebol-mata-transexual-a-.html

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2054509404799317&id=1844751382441788

https://www.facebook.com/groups/pgmreal/permalink/2062885290451428/

Gaby Scheifer
Age 19
23 Jun 2018
Campos Gerais, Minas Gerais (Brazil)
Shot and run over

Gaby Scheifer [photo: m.arede.info]

Gaby was hit and killed by a vehicle while running across a highway late on Saturday 23rd June.

Upon examination she was also found to have been shot in the face, arm and fingers. The authorities suspect that she was run over when trying to cross the highway to escape whoever had shot her.

https://homofobiamata.wordpress.com/2018/06/23/27858/

http://m.arede.info/ponta-grossa/219198/trans-atropelada-levou-tres-tiros-antes-de-morrer

http://catve.com/noticia/9/220692/trans-atropelada-levou-tres-tiros-antes-de-morrer-em-ponta-grossa

http://www.bandab.com.br/cidades/policia-investiga-morte-de-trans-no-parana-ela-levou-tiros-antes-de-ser-atropelada/

Keisha Wells
Age 58
24 Jun 2018
Cleveland, Ohio (USA)
Shot

Keisha was found dead about 7 a.m. in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Detroit Avenue. Police said she had suffered what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

Eleven bullet casings were found at the scene, according to police reports.

She had no identification with her at the time, which caused investigators issues in identifying her, police said.

According to the Human Rights Campaign Keisha was the second transgender woman to be killed in Cleveland in 2018 (following Phylicia Mitchell on 24th February) and the 13th known transgender person to be killed in the USA.

https://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2018/06/transgender_woman_is_second_to.html

https://www.wkyc.com/article/news/local/cuyahoga-county/cleveland-police-dead-body-discovered-on-citys-west-side/95-567108346

https://www.wkyc.com/video/news/transgender-man-dies-in-cleveland-shooting/95-8169621

Katty
24 Jun 2018
Yautepec, Morelos (Mexico)
Shot

Katty was shot dead in a bar called Guingue located in the neighborhood of Santiago in the municipality of Yautepec.

According to witnesses, her killers burst into the bar at around 8pm, shot her multiple times and then left without saying a word. She died at the scene.

https://bajopalabra.com.mx/matan-a-travesti-en-un-bar-en-yautepec

http://www.elgrafico.mx/morelos/asesinan-balazos-travesti-dentro-de-un-bar-en-yautepec

https://www.surdigital.com.mx/2018/06/24/41233/

Índia da Silva Pellegrine
Age 21
25 Jun 2018
Salvador, Bahia (Brazil)
Shot

Índia da Silva Pellegrine [photo: www.macaubenselife.com.br]

Índia was shot dead at round 5:30am in the Campinas de Brotas neighborhood of Salvador. According to witnesses she was shot in the foot and head while running away from her killer.

https://homofobiamata.wordpress.com/2018/06/25/204-j-s-p-21-anos-dhpp/

http://aratuonline.com.br/noticias/corpo-de-travesti-e-encontrado-proximo-a-passarela-na-avenida-bonoco/#

https://verdinhonoticias.com.br/2018/06/26/travesti-e-morta-a-tiros-proximo-a-passarela-da-avenida-bonoco/

http://www.macaubenselife.com.br/2018/06/salvador-travesti-e-encontrada-morta.html

Dr Laura Masi
Age 40
27 Jun 2018
San Diego, California (USA)
Suicide

Dr Laura Masi [photo: Facebook]

Laura was a doctor specialising in psychiatry and neurology.

She died by suicide. In death her identity was erased by family and she was buried “as a man”.

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2095259024125333&id=100009237674682

https://godfreyfuneralhome.com/tribute/details/1285/Dr-Larry-Masi-Jr/obituary.html#tribute-start

https://www.vitals.com/doctors/Dr_Larry_Masi.html

With thanks to the many volunteers reporting acts of violence against trans people worldwide, and in particular to Transgender Europe and the members of the Trans Violence News Facebook group.

Software engineer, aerial yoga addict and halberd owning, camera waving, Daywalker of Scones. #trans #lgbt #christian https://www.annasplace.me.uk

Software engineer, aerial yoga addict and halberd owning, camera waving, Daywalker of Scones. #trans #lgbt #christian https://www.annasplace.me.uk