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Trans murder victims


In the Aurora meeting just before IDAHO 2009, we commemorated 26 transgendered people who had been murdered in the previous year. The names of 24 of them are as follows (two names were unknown at the time).

We are indebted to FTM London, who organised the Transgender Day of Remembrance in London 2008 for the list of names.

Kellie Telesford1. Kellie Telesford

Location: Thornton Heath, UK
Cause of Death: Strangled
Date of Death: November 21, 2007



2. Brian McGlothin

(Liked to dress in Women’s clothes)
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Cause of Death: Shot in the head with an automatic rifle by Antonio Williams who is serving a six year sentence. Brian was 25 years old.
Date of Death: December 23, 2007


3. Gabriela Alejandra Albornoz

Location: Santiago, Chile
Cause of Death: Attacked and stabbed
Date of Death: December 28, 2007


4. Patrick Murphy

(Found Dressed in Women’s clothes)
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Cause of Death: Shot Several times in the head
Date of Death: January 8, 2008
Patrick was 39 years old.


Stacy Brown5. Stacy Brown

Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Cause of Death: Shot in the head
Date of Death: January 8, 2008
Stacy was 30 years old.


6. Aldolphus Simmons

Location: Charleston, SC
Cause of Death: Shot to Death (Aldophus was 18 yrs. old)
Date of Death: January 21, 2008


7. Fedra (a known transvestite)

Location: Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Cause of Death: Was found lying face up in a pool of blood,
cause of death was not reported.
Date of Death: January 22, 2008


8. Ashley Sweeney

Location: Detroit, Michigan
Cause of Death: Shot in the head
Date of Death: February 4, 2008
The age of Ashley Sweeney is unknown, she was only described in a press release as a young transgender woman.


Talib Stewart9. Sanesha (Talib) Stewart

Location: Bronx, NY
Cause of Death: Stabbed to Death
Date of Death: February 10, 2008
Sanesha was 25 years old.


Lawrence King10. Lawrence King

Location: Oxnard, California
Cause of Death: Shot to death by a classmate because he liked to wear
women’s clothes. (Lawrence King was 15 years old).
Date of Death: February 12, 2008


Simmie Williams Jr11. Simmie Williams Jr

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Cause of Death: Shot to death. Simmie was found wearing women’s clothing. (Simmie was 17 years old)
Date of Death: February 22, 2008


Luna12. Luna (no last name reported)

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Cause of Death: Brutally beaten to death and tossed into a dumpster. (Age 42)
Date of Death: March 15, 2008


13. Lloyd Nixon

Location: West Palm Beach, Florida
Cause of Death:Repeatedly beaten in the head with a brick.
Date of Death: April 16, 2008
Lloyd was 45 years old.


14. Felicia Melton-Smyth

Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Cause of Death: brutally stabbed to death by Francisco Javier Hollos, who said he killed her because she would not pay for sex. Felicia was an HIV activist on vacation from Wisconsin.
Date of Death: May 26, 2008


Silvana Berisha15. Silvana Berisha

Location: Hamburg, Germany
Cause of Death: Stabbed to Death
Date of Death: June 24, 2008



Ebony Whitaker16. Ebony (Rodney) Whitaker

Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Cause of Death: Shot (Ebony was 20 yrs. old)
Date of Death: July 1, 2008


Rosa Pazos17. Rosa Pazos

Location: Sevilla, Spain
Cause of Death: Was found in her apartment, she had been stabbed in the throat.
Date of Death: July 11, 2008


18. Juan Carlos Aucalle Coronel

Location: Lombardi, Italy
Cause of Death severely beaten causing fractures to the head and face before being run over by a car.
Date of Death July 14, 2008
Juan Carlos was 35 years old.


Angie Zapata19. Angie Zapata

Location: Greeley, Colorado
Cause of Death: She was found in her home with two severe fractures in her skull.
Angie was murdered by 31 year old Alan Ray Andrade. Angie was 18 years old.
Date of Death: July 17, 2008


20. Jaylynn L. Namauu

Location: Makiki Honolulu, Hawaii
Cause of Death: Stabbed to Death
Date of Death: July 17, 2008
Jaylynn was 35 years old.


Samantha Brandau21. Samantha Rangel Brandau

Location: Milan, Italy
Cause of Death: beaten, gang raped and stabbed numerous times before being left for dead.
Date of Death: July 29, 2008
Samantha was 30 years old.


22. Nakhia Williams

Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Cause of Death: Brutally murdered
Date of Death: August 30, 2008


Ruby Molina 23. Ruby Molina

Location: Sacramento, California
Cause of Death: Drowned
Date of Death: September 21, 2008
Ruby’s naked body was found floating in the American River.
She was 22 years old.


Duanna Johnson24. Duanna Johnson

Location: Memphis
Cause of Death: Shot in the head
Date of Death: 9th Nov 2008
Duanna had previously been beaten in police custody. She was 43 years old.


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