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Trans Shot Dead in Motel is 7th Killed in US This Year

Issued: 2018-03-30

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By CHRISTINE HAUSERMARCH 30, 2018

A young black transgender woman was shot dead in a Louisiana motel this week, becoming at least the seventh transgender woman known to have been killed in the United States this year, rights advocates said.

The woman, Amia Tyrae, 28, was killed Monday at about 1:15 a.m. at a motel on Airline Highway, according to the Baton Rouge Police Department.

Dr. William Clark, the East Baton Rouge Parish coroner, ruled Ms. Tyrae’s death a homicide, caused by a gunshot wound to the chest.

The Police Department said Friday night that Dedrick Butler, 22, of Denham Springs, La., had been arrested in the killing. He was charged with second-degree murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.

.@HRC mourns the loss Amia Tyrae Berryman, a transgender woman of color fatally shot in Louisiana. Her death is now the 7th known reported homicide of a trans woman in 2018. #SayHerName https://t.co/yMCccBFnr9

Between 25 to 28 transgender people were reported killed in the United States last year, the highest number in at least a decade, according to a report by the Human Rights Campaign and the Trans People of Color Coalition. The violence disproportionately affects transgender women of color.

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The killing of Ms. Tyrae came less than a month after the shooting death of another transgender woman, Phylicia Mitchell, 46, outside her apartment in Cleveland on Feb. 23. Transgender women were also killed in New Mexico, Florida, New York, Massachusetts and California this year, according to data compiled by Glaad.

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Ms. Tyrae worked at a home health care company, according to her Facebook page.

Relatives declined to comment on Ms. Tyrae’s death. Friends and family said on Facebook that a funeral service would be held in Baton Rouge on Saturday.

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