Trans women who were murdered, one who died in custody and one who died just after being released from ICE detention are, top from left, Dana Martin, Ashanti Carmon, Claire Legato, second row from left Muhlaysia Booker, Michelle Tameka Washington, Paris Cameron, third row from left Chynal Lindsey, Chanel Scurlock, Johana Medina and Layleen Polanco.

Zoe Spears

UPDATED: As of June 15, 10 transgender women — all of them black trans women — have been murdered in the U.S. since Jan. 1, 2019. Zoe Spears is the latest to lose her life. See details at the end of the list.

  • Dana Martin, 31, a black transgender woman, was shot to death Jan. 6 in Montgomery, Ala. She was found in her vehicle, in a roadside ditch, and pronounced dead at the scene. Her murder remains unsolved.
  • Jazzaline Ware, age unknown, a black transgender woman, was found dead in her Memphis apartment in March, and her death is being investigated as a homicide.
  • Ashanti Carmon, 27, a black transgender woman, was shot to death March 30 in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Her murder remains unsolved.
  • Claire Legato, 21, a black transgender woman, was shot April 15 in Cleveland during an argument between her mother and the suspect, John Booth. She died May 14 in a local hospital.
  • Muhlaysia Booker, 23, a black transgender woman, was shot to death May 18 in Dallas, about a month after video of her being beaten by several men in the parking lot at her apartment complex as onlookers laughed and jeered. She was found lying face down in the middle of the street in East Dallas. Police have said Booker’s murder does not appear to be connected to the April assault, but that her death may be linked with the murders of two other Dallas trans women and with a knife attack on a fourth black trans woman. The fourth woman survived. Booker’s murder remains unsolved. UPDATE: Kendrell Lavar Lyles, 34, has been arrested and charged with murder in the death of Muhlaysia Booker. Police say he is also a person of interest in the June 1 murder of Chynal Lindsey and that they continue to investigate his possible connection to the murders of other trans women in Dallas.
  • Michelle “Tamika” Washington, 40, a black transgender woman, was shot to death May 19 in Philadelphia. Police responding to reports of shots fired in the Franklinville neighborhood, found Washington suffering from several gunshot. She was later pronounced dead at the hospital. Troy Bailey, 28, has been arrested and charged with her murder.
  • Paris Cameron, 20, a black transgender woman, was among three people killed in an anti-LGBTQ shooting May 25 in Detroit. Alunte Davis, 21, and Timothy Blancher, 20, two gay men, were found dead at the scene; Cameron died shortly afterward at a hospital. Two other victims were also shot but survived. Devon Robinson, 18, has been arrested and charged in all three murders.
  • Chynal Lindsey, 26, a black transgender woman, was found dead in White Rock Lake in Dallas on June 1. Police said her body showed signs of “homicidal violence.” Police believe her murder may be connected to the October 2018 murder of Brittany White and the May 2019 murder of Muhlaysia Booker, and have asked the FBI to assist in the investigation. There are no suspects in those murders.
  • Chanel Scurlock, 23, a black transgender woman, was shot to death June 6 in Lumberton, N.C. There have been no arrests yet, but investigators have said they have good leads in the case.
  • Zoe Spears, 23, who lived in Washington, D.C., was found suffering from a gunshot wound in the D.C. suburb of Fairmont Heights, Md., just before midnight on Thursday, June 13. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Spears’ body was found less than half a mile away from where trans woman Ashanti Carmon, 27, was found shot to death on March 27. Police say they have no evidence directly linking the murders and have no suspects as yet in either case.
  • ALSO: Johana “Joa” Medina, 25, a transgender refugee from El Salvador, died June 1 in an El Paso hospital, shortly after being granted asylum and released from ICE custody, where she had been six weeks, during which she had become increasingly ill.
  • AND: Layleen Polanco, 27, was found dead in a cell at Rikers Island Prison in New York, where she had been kept in solitary confinement. She had been arrested April 16 for possession of drugs and assault on a cab driver. The NY Department of Corrections has not yet released her cause of death, but has said it was not a result of “violence or foul play.”