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This week, two transgender women were allegedly murdered just one day apart, leaving the Cleveland LGBT community shocked and concerned, according to local news network,

The back-to-back alleged murders are the latest in a string of hate-related violence in the area over the last six months. 

Betty Skinner, 52 years old, was found beaten to death on Thursday. According to Cleveland police, Skinner was physically disabled and required assisted living and routine at-home health care.

Early Friday, just a few hours later, 22-year-old Brittany-Nicole Kidd Stergis was found shot inside a car, reported

Local police are investigating as to the cause of the crimes. Today, our hearts go out to the victims’ families.

All too often, the LGBT community is forced to endure widespread discrimination and hate-based violence, with disproportionate levels of harassment and violence directed at transgender people and people of color. According to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, more than 50 percent of all anti-LGBTQ homicide victims in 2012 were transgender women. And 73 percent of all victims were people of color.

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