Post submitted by Beth Sherouse, former ACLS Public Fellow, HRC Senior Content Manager

Tamara Dominguez, a transgender Latina woman from Kansas City, Missouri, is the 17th reported transgender victim of fatal violence in 2015. Police are not currently investigating her death as a hate crime. She was brutally hit by an SUV and intentionally run over several more times.

Dominguez is the sixth transgender person whose death the LGBT community has learned of in little over a week.

"He doesn't know she has family," her friend Juan Rendon told KCTV. "She had her mom. She had her nephews, brothers, and sisters. That person didn't think about what he did," 

Transgender women of color continue to face the highest rates of fatal violence in the LGBT community, a crisis that stems from numerous systemic forms of discrimination and marginalization. According to the 2011 National Transgender Discrimination Survey, transgender Latina/o people are seven times more likely than the general U.S. population, and more than five times more likely than the general Latina/o population to live in extreme poverty.

HRC joins advocates across the country in mourning the victims of anti-transgender violence and offers condolences to their families, friends and communities.

For more information on anti-transgender violence, visit

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