Another transgender woman was murdered on Thursday night in Fairmount Heights, Washington, D.C. This marks the second death since March.
The Washington Post reports that Zoe Spears, 23, was found on a street in Fairmount Heights suffering from a gunshot wound. Just a few months earlier, Ashanti Carmon was shot to death less than a mile from where Spears’ body was discovered.
“There’s no direct link that we see at this point, but that is obviously something we are monitoring very closely,” said Maj. Brian Reilly of the criminal investigation division.“It’s unusual that we had two murders like this within a couple blocks of each other.”
Violence against trans women has hit a peak since 2017, and a report from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) publication says that anti-transgender violence victims are mostly young, mostly females and mostly black. 82 percent of the victims were transgender women of color, and 64 percent were younger than 35.
“If anyone was in that area last night between the hours of about 10 at night to about midnight, we are asking the public’s help in letting us know if they saw anything suspicious to please reach out to us at 1-800-411-TIPS,” Reilly said.