Twenty-two-year-old Keisha Jenkins was shot to death on a Philadelphia street early Tuesday morning, Oct. 6, becoming the second trans woman murdered in the City of Brotherly Love and the 21st trans woman murdered in the U.S. this year.
Philadelphia Gay News reports that police said Jenkins got out of a car in a park at 13th and Wingohocking streets around 2:30 a.m., and was attacked a few minutes later by a group of five or six men. One of the men pulled a gun and shot Jenkins twice in the back. She was transported to Einstein Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.
PGN reports that police say it appears Jenkins was deliberately targeted, but there are no suspects yet, and no motive has been established. The investigation is ongoing.
Another Philadelphia trans woman, Londyn Chanel, was stabbed and killed by her roommate in Philadelphia earlier this year, and at least 18 other trans women — including two in Texas — have been murdered this year.
Here is a list of the other trans women killed this year — or whose bodies were found this year. For more information on each, visit Fusion.net:
Papi Edwards, 20, murdered Jan. 9 in Louisville, Ky.
Lamia Beard, 30, murdered Jan. 17 in Norfolk, Va.
Ty “Nunee” Underwood, ,murdered Jan. 26. in Tyler, Texas
Yazmin Vash Payne, 33, murdered Jan. 31 in Los Angeles
Taja Gabrielle de Jesus, 36. murdered Feb. 1 in San Francisco
Penny Proud, 22, murdered Feb. 10 in New Orleans
Bri Golec, 22, murdered Feb. 13 in Akron, Ohio
Kristina Gomex Reinwald, 46, murdered Feb. 15 in Miami-Dade, Fla.
Keyshia Blige, 33, murdered March 7 in Aurora, Ill.
Mya Shawatza Hall, 27, killed March 30 in Fort Meade, Md.
London Kiki Chanel, 21, murdered May 18 in Philadelphia
Mercedes Williamson, 17, murdered between May 30 and June 1 in George County, Mississippi
Ashton O’Hara, 25, murdered July 14 in Detroit
India Clarke, 25, murdered July 21 in Tampa, Fla.
K.C. Haggard, 66, murdered July 23 in Fresno, Calif.
Shade Schuler, 22, murdered and her body found July 29 in Dallas
Amber MonRoe, 20, murdered Aug. 8 in Detroit
Kandis Capri, 35, murdered Aug. 11 in Phoenix
Elisha Walker, 20, missing since Oct. 23, 2014, remains found Aug. 15 in Johnston County, N.C.
Tamara Dominguez, 36, murdered Aug. 15 in Kansas City, Missouri