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
1 Jun 2018
Jacksonville, Florida (USA)
Antash’a was shot. She was found wounded between two abandoned homes on Ella street and died in hospital.
2 Jun 2018
São Paulo (Brazil)
Adrielly died following a cosmetic procedure.
3 Jun 2018
Colniza, Mato Grosso (Brazil)
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.
A dear person who would not have the courage to do bad to any animal, I had many years of friendship with Britney and know her how good her heart was. I can only hope that justice will be done, that the criminals will pay what they must pay, for a life in truth has no pressure or even a penalty which can absolve them of the terrible act which they have committed.
Rest in peace, my dear friend. You will forever stay in my memory and how important you were to my daughter. I love you.
Britney’s Facebook profile is https://www.facebook.com/britney.vaz.7.
3 Jun 2018
Salvador, Bahia (Brazil)
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:
“I was passing at the time and heard more than 20 shots. Everyone on the street ran.”
6 Jun 2018
Manaus, Amazonas (Brazil)
The victim was shot in the head at around 3am on Wednesday 6th June inside the Mutirão Fair in the northern zone of Manaus.
7 Jun 2018
Canasvieiras, Santa Catarina (Brazil)
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.
A reporter spoke to the friend who found her dead on the floor of the apartment she had moved to a few days ago.
“I missed her on Thursday because she had not answered my messages since the day before, and she never did that. I was worried so I went into the building, I talked to the owner of the apartment, who took the key and when we opened the door, Kamylla was on the floor, already dead. She was dating recently, but I did not know him. I do not know why they did this to her, it was a hateful crime”, they said.
9 Jun 2018
São Leopoldo, Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)
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.
10 Jun 2018
Boa Višta, Roraima (Brazil)
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.
J. G. Romero Ortiz
14 Jun 2018
San Sebastián Salitrillo, Santa Ana (El Salvador)
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.
14 Jun 2018
Zamora, Michoacán de Ocampo (Mexico)
The victim was found shot in the head in El Olimpo at around 7:40pm on Thursday 14th June. Her identity is unknown.
15 Jun 2018
Venâncio Aires, Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)
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.
17 Jun 2018
Campo Grande, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
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.
18 Jun 2018
Meridian, Mississippi (USA)
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.
The victim in a June shooting death in Meridian, Mississippi, has been identified as 39-year-old Diamond Stephens, a transgender woman of color. Initial reports in local media misgendered Stephens, but trans activists have confirmed Stephens was trans and she used female pronouns on her social media profiles.
According to local outlet WTOK, authorities were called to the scene of a van crash on the evening of June 18. Police discovered Stephens fatally shot inside the vehicle.
19 Jun 2018
Belford Roxo, Rio de Janero (Brazil)
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.
19 Jun 2018
Portland, Oregon (USA)
Chloe died by suicide in a park in downtown Portland.
“Chloe was brilliant and rarely got a chance to show it” her friend AJ Luxton said in an email. “She created enchanting video games, she built things, she volunteered with Habitat for Humanity after Hurricane Katrina, she taught herself to read despite severe dyslexia.”
Sagal was a game developer and artist who struggled with mental illness for many years. Her friends say she loved dogs, forged authentic weapons and made haunting music when she was able to. They say she was proud of her Romani heritage and an active socialist.
They also say she was the target of an online bullying campaign that derailed her.
She was an indie game developer know for creating the game Homesick. And in 2013, Sagal, a transgender woman, became the target of hate mob Kiwi Farms, an online group New Yorker magazine described as “the web’s biggest community of stalkers” that “specializes in harassing people they perceive as being mentally ill or sexually deviant in some way.”
The harassment began after it was revealed a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for Sagal to deal with metal poisoning was actually raising money for her gender surgery.
Friends say Kiwi Farms followers harassed her on a variety of platforms.
A friend who chose not to give his name, fearing repercussions from Kiwi Farms, said her livelihood and mental stability were destroyed by the attacks.
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.
19 Jun 2018
Santiago del Estero, Santiago del Estero (Argentina)
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”.
Nataly Briyith Sánchez
19 Jun 2018
Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas (Mexico)
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.
The organization Diana Sacayán, of which Nataly Briyith Sánchez was part, condemned and lamented the crime as well as pointing out that they live in a state that “does not recognize our identity and that discriminates against us. A state that does not provide us with the legal tools to fully access, and according to the parameters of human rights, our rights. “
They demand from the Attorney General of the State that this crime “be investigated as femicide and the maximum penalty against aggressor be requested.” Failure to do so, they add, would be to discriminate against it for reasons of gender identity, “even though the Mexican State has the obligation to recognize the identity of the persons, even if the modifications in the official documents have not been made.”
20 Jun 2018
Brasilia, Distrito Federal (Brazil)
Juliana died by suicide. Her Facebook profile is https://www.facebook.com/juliana.bsb.dias.
Thalia Costa Barboza
21 Jun 2018
São Borja, Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)
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.
22 Jun 2018
Cabo Frio, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Nikoly was stoned to death at dawn on Friday 22nd June.
Her body was found in a backstreet behind the Maria Quitéria Municipal School at the intersection of Travessa R and U Street in the Tamoios neighborhood of the municipality of Cabo Frio.
Her Facebook profile is https://www.facebook.com/nikolly.silva.526.
23 Jun 2018
Campos Gerais, Minas Gerais (Brazil)
Shot and run over
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.
24 Jun 2018
Cleveland, Ohio (USA)
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.
Cathalina Christina James
24 Jun 2018
Jacksonville, Florida (USA)
Cathalina was found shot dead in the Quality Inn in the Baymeadows area of Jacksonville. Her shooting was the fourth in Jacksonville in 2018, and the third death after Celine Walker and Antash’a English.
The only information so far concerning a possible suspect in this murder case is that a male was spotted driving a beige vehicle.
24 Jun 2018
Yautepec, Morelos (Mexico)
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.
Índia da Silva Pellegrine
25 Jun 2018
Salvador, Bahia (Brazil)
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.
Bruna da Conceição
25 Jun 2018
Lagarto, Sergipe (Brazil)
Bruna was shot dead in the Bairro Novo Horizonte municipality of Lagarto on the night of Monday 25th June.
Dr Laura Masi
27 Jun 2018
San Diego, California (USA)
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”.
This is what happens when you don’t have support from your family. Her legal name was Laura and that’s how I will remember her. And people wonder why trans people have such a high rate of suicide…….
At least we had a ritual for her last night and celebrated her true self. I’m so sorry that they have done this to you Laura.
I just posted this as a remembrance on the obituary page of the funeral home. Since it has to be approved by the funeral director I’m sure it will never see the light of day…..
“I never knew “Larry” but I was a friend of Dr. Laura Masi which was her legal name at the time of her death. Laura was a warm, caring, funny, vivacious and spiritual woman. It is a shame that you never got to know the remarkable woman she had become. We held a ceremony for Laura last night honoring her in a way that respected her, her life and her wishes. It is the refusal of people to recognize a trans persons basic human dignity that leads to tragedies such as this unnecessary death. She will be remembered by those of us who knew the real her as a beautiful woman, a shinning feminine spirit and a cautionary tale of what happens to a transgender individual who is not accepted by their loved ones.”
28 Jun 2018
Pacajus, Ceará (Brazil)
Carla was robbed and shot dead in the Pajeu neighborhood of Pacajus. She died in hospital.
Her Facebook profile is https://www.facebook.com/carla.kelly.9822.
July 2018 >>
Rest in peace. We will not forget.