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First transgender murder of 2019 happens in Alabama

MONTGOMERY — Dana Martin was found shot near her car this past Sunday in Montgomery, Ala., according to local media.

From the Montgomery Advertiser:

The Montgomery Police Department has opened the first homicide investigation of the year after Dana Martin was shot to death on Sunday.

Montgomery police and fire rescue medics responded to the 3900 block of Brewer Road about 11 p.m. on Sunday in reference to a vehicle wreck, Capt. Regina Duckett said.

At the scene, police found Martin, 31, of Hope Hull, with a fatal gunshot wound in a vehicle along the ditch, Duckett said.

The newspaper, which never stated Martin’s gender, said the investigation was continuing and no arrests have been made.

The Advocate reported that local activists had confirmed she was a transgender woman.

From The Advocate:

Her identity was confirmed by Meta Ellis and Harvey McDaniel, director and educational outreach director, respectively, of Montgomery Pride United and cofounders of the Bayard Rustin Community Center. They have been in touch with police about the case and about the importance of using proper identifiers for trans people, they said. They have also contacted Martin’s friends and intend to reach out to her family.

According to the Human Rights Campaign, 26 transgender people were murdered in the U.S. in 2018.

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