HRC is shocked and saddened to learn about the horrific death of Ally Steinfeld, a Missouri teen who went missing in early September.
On Thursday, Andrew Vrba, Isis Schauer and Briana Calderas of Cabool, were charged with first degree murder and abandoning a corpse, according to the Houston Herald.
The Houston Herald reports that Vrba told authorities he stabbed Steinfeld, 17, with help from Schauer and Calderas and then moved the body outside and burned it. Last week, police discovered Steinfeld’s remains in a burned pile in a bag outside Calderas’ home.
Schauer and Calderas both claim Vrba bragged about the murder, according to local news affiliate KY3 in Springfield, Missouri.
Multiple news outlets have misgendered Steinfeld and according to KY3, Steinfeld “sometimes” identified as female on social media. Police believe she was killed just days before her 18th birthday.
The investigation is ongoing and so far police do not consider this incident a hate crime. Authorities are still waiting for DNA results to positively identify Steinfeld’s remains.
Steinfeld’s death marks the 21st known case of a trans person killed this year.
People have written messages of condolences on Steinfeld’s Facebook page, where she last posted in late August about dying her hair: “I feeling little bit beautiful how likes my hair i got it red.”
HRC extends its sincere condolences to Steinfeld’s family and friends during this difficult time.