HRC was horrified and saddened to learn that TeeTee Dangerfield, a Black transgender woman, was shot and killed Monday in Atlanta. Tyrone Kemp has been arrested and charged with malice murder.
According to the Georgia Voice, Dangerfield, 32, “was found with multiple gunshot wounds outside of her vehicle at the South Hampton Estates apartment complex on July 31 at about 4:30 a.m.”
Sadly, this isn’t the first incident in Georgia this year. In June, Ava Le'Ray Barrin, 17, was shot and killed in Athens, Georgia, during an altercation in an apartment parking lot.
Dangerfield’s death comes days after violent anti-transgender comments on a New York radio talk show. Advocates have taken to Twitter to express their outrage about both events:
Just days after Lil Duval's hateful comments and there's word of another Black trans woman murdered. #RestinPower, Ms. Tee Tee Dangerfield.— Raquel Willis (@RaquelWillis_) August 1, 2017
Dangerfield’s death marks the 16th known murder of a transgender person in the U.S. this year. So far, almost every victim has been a woman of color -- and nearly all have been Black women.
HRC extends its sincere condolences to Dangerfield’s family and friends.
In November, HRC and the Trans People of Color Coalition released “A Matter of Life and Death,” a report that highlights how racism, transphobia and misogyny combine to create this epidemic of violence. To learn more about violence against transgender people, click here.
Update 11/07/2017: Post was updated to reflect information about suspect.