While police are investigating the death of Elisha Stanley, fear of her being the 19th trans person to have been killed in the United States this year rise.
While on a trip to Pittsburg, Stanley was allegedly murdered, according to trans activist Ciora Thomas.
“Pittsburgh Police aren't investigating this at this time,” Thomas claimed in a post uploaded on Facebook.
“Detectives are investigating,” a spokesperson told the U.K. LGBTQ+ website PinkNews. “The cause and manner of death will come from the Allegheny County Medical Examiner. … As this is an ongoing investigation, police cannot comment further.”
“This is just the latest in a long wave of violent attacks directed at trans women, particularly trans women of color. But while other outlets reported that Stanley is the 20th transgender person killed in 2019, she was only the 19th. While initial reports suggested Ja'leyah-Jamar Berryman — who was killed in Kansas City last month — was trans, a video posted by the local LGBTQ+ advocacy group Our Spot KC clarified the deceased’s gender identity” reports Out.
“Of the 19 transgender people who have been killed in 2019, nearly all of them — including women like Muhlaysia Booker, Jazzaline Ware, Ashanti Carmon, and Bee Love Slater — were Black. The vast majority lost their lives as a result of gun violence”, the article continues.