Denali Berries Stuckey, a black transgender woman, was fatally shot in North Charleston, South Carolina, on 20 July.
The body of the 29-year-old was found around 4am EST in North Charleston, according to local news reports. The North Charleston Police have no suspects at this current time and the investigation is still ongoing.
Chase Glenn, Executive Director of Alliance for Full Acceptance, an LGBTI organization in South Carolina, said: “‘I am heartbroken and outraged by the news of yet another murder of one of our transgender community members.
“Denali is the third known black trans woman to have been murdered in South Carolina since 2018.”
Stuckey is the 12th transgender casualty this year in the United States, after Dana Martin, Jazzaline Ware, Ashanti Carmon, Claire Legato, Muhlaysia Booker, Michelle Washington, Paris Cameron, Chynal Lindsey, Chanel Scurlock, Zoe Spears and Brooklyn Lindsey.
Transgender women in the United States face extraordinarily high levels of violence. Last year, 26 trans individuals were killed in the country – a majority of which were black and Latina – and 25 of those were women.