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Between January 2008 and December 2014 there was roughly 1,700 murders of trans and gender diverse people throughout the world. South and Central America took up 78% of those murders. North America was only 8% of those, but here the casualty rate is gradually growing and that is not okay.

So far in the United States, 2015 has accounted for 16 trans murders- most of them being women of color.

Today I’m going to be focusing on some of the most recent trans murders, all of them being women of color.

Ashton O’Hara was found gruesomely murdered on July 14, 2015 in Detriot. Ashton was only 25 years old. He indentified as transgender, but was still choosing to use ‘he/him’ pronouns. His mother, Rebecca O’Hara, said that he knew exactly who he wanted to be since the age of 2 and told her “Mama, you are so pretty, I want to be just like you when I grow up.” People who knew him said Ashton loved performing and was amazing at doing hair. They all said that all the children around admired him.

Larry B. Gaulding, 37, is the suspect for the murder and awaits a first degree murder trial beginning in September.

Amber Monroe, only 20 years old, was found murdered August 8th also in Detriot. She was shot to death leaving her car around 5 AM. This being the third time she had been shot out and unfortunately it resulted in her death. The investigation was all done using ‘he/him’ pronouns and they used “his” biological name. People who knew Amber became angered finding out that information which made others start using the appropriate pronouns. 
Kandis Capri was shot to death the night of August 11 in Phoenix, Arizona. At the crime scene her phone and wallet were not found. Kandis 35 years old and indentified as transgender using ‘her/she’ pronouns. Her mother, Andria Gaines, was against it at first, but still chose to love her or in her words “I still loved him and I accepted him as he was”. Talking to reporters Gaines still used ‘he/him’ pronouns and referred to Kandis as her son. 


Elisha Walker had been missing since November 2014 and has just recently been found buried in a “crude grave” located in North Carolina. She was a 20 year old trans woman. Her body was found over 100 miles away from where she lived. 

23 year old Angel Dejesus Arias has been charged with her murder and stealing her car. As of August 13th he’s being held without bond. 

Shade Schuler’s body was found in a field on July 29th in Dallas, Texas. The body being badly decomposed was determined to be hers on August 10th. She preferred to be called Ms. Shade and was only 22 years old. When first indentified the police released the death as a “black male”, but when they figured out she was transgender started using the appropriate pronouns.

No information on how she was murdered has been released. 

  • 41% of trans people have attempted suicide
  • There’s a 1 in 12 chance a trans woman being murdered
  • A 1 in 8 chance of being murdered if you’re a trans woman of color
  • 80% of trans kids in school feel unsafe

These are just the RECENT murders of trans people; let’s forget about the others. 

Trans Lifes Matter.

Trans Black Lifes Matter.

Black Lifes Matter.






  1. http://www.transstudent.org/transvisibility
  2. https://www.advocate.com/transgender/2015/08/16/three-more-black-trans-women-reported-murdered
  3. http://www.pghlesbian.com/2015/08/25-year-old-ashton-ohara-was-most-recent-transgender-person-reported-murdered-in-the-us/
  4. http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2015/08/detroit_police_meet_with_lgbt.html
  5. http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/wayne-county/2015/08/09/group-says-transgender-woman-murdered-detroit/31376357/
  6. http://www.buzzfeed.com/davidmack/transgender-woman-of-color-is-killed-in-detroit-amber-monroe#.dxopy5bEy
  7. http://www.lonestarq.com/breaking-black-trans-woman-found-dead-in-dallas-is-13th-trans-person-murdered-in-2015/
  8. http://dpdbeat.com/2015/08/10/help-solve-a-homicide/
  9. http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/aug/15/missing-transgender-woman-found-dead-north-carolina