A Black transgender woman was fatally shot Saturday in North Port, Florida, making her the fifth transgender woman of color slain in the state and the 21st known killing of a trans person in the country this year, The Advocate reports.
London Moore was found dead on an empty road. Law enforcement officials, who misgendered Moore and referred to her by her birth name, Tyren Kinard, are treating her death as a homicide, according to Florida’s WINK News.
Officials from the North Port Police Department suspect Moore was killed by someone she knew.
LGBTQ activists say her death should be considered a hate crime, not only because it marks a trend of trans people being killed, but because trans women of color are mostly targeted.
“This would mark the 21st person in the nation since the start of the year that a transgender person has been murdered,” Hal Trejo, from All Rainbow and Alllied Youth Inc., told WBBH. “It’s the fifth person in Florida alone this year, so we see it’s a huge crisis and needs to be addressed and talked about.”
Police say they do not have any information on who killed her. “We have no information at this point that it was a hate crime,” added Joshua Taylor of the North Port Police Department. “However, it’s on the table; certainly it could come out that way. Part of figuring out why it was done includes talking to who did it. We have to get to that point.”