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Seventh trans woman murdered in the US was shot to death in motel room

Jess Glass March 27, 2018

Amia Tyrae Berryman

A seventh transgender woman has been found dead in the United States this year.

Amia Tyrae Berryman, a 28-year-old from Louisiana was found shot to death in a motel room on Monday night.

Police were reportedly called to the Baton Rouge area of Louisiana on Monday night after reports of gunshots outside a motel in the Wooddale East neighbourhood.

The body of Amia Tyrae Berryman was found at the scene with multiple gunshot wounds.

Police are still investigating her death and will conduct an autopsy later today.

While police have not yet misgendered her, local news reports have misgendered Berryman and used her dead name.

(Photo: Facebook)

Local reports from WBRZ-TV 2 deadnamed and misgendered her and have yet to rectify this as of writing.

Related: This is how many transgender people were killed in 2017

This is the second trans woman to be killed by a gun in a motel room in 2018.

Celine Walker, 36, was found shot to death in a motel room in Jacksonville, Florida in February.

She was pronounced dead on February 4, meaning that she was the second trans woman to be killed within a week.

However, police reports misgendered Walker and used her dead name meaning initial reports did not recognise her trans identity and caused the announcement of her death to be delayed by over a week.

Florida authorities have been slammed for misgendering Walker.

2018 has already shown an alarming rate of deaths of trans people.

35-year-old Tonya Harvey was shot to death on Shepard Street in Buffalo, New York.

Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien, who founded the Miss Trans America pageant, was killed, and Viccky Gutierrez was burned to death in Los Angeles.

Gutierrez was brutally killed on the morning of January 10.

2017 saw one of the highest rates of trans deaths, with over 250 reported deaths of trans and gender non-conforming people worldwide.

Many deaths of trans and gender non-conforming people go unreported. When the deaths are reported, trans people are frequently misgendered in reports, making it especially hard to correctly count the number of deaths in a given year.

More: Los Angeles, Trans, trans murder, trans woman, US, US

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