Transgender Day of Rememberance was established in 1999 to memorialize Rita Hester, a trans woman who was brutally murdered the year before. Her murder remains unsolved, as do many of the crimes committed against transgender and gender-nonconforming people. This year, sadly, is no different, as the official website reports that hundreds of transgender people were slain in the world this year, and more than a dozen in the United States. Here is some information about those who were lost in the U.S.
Ashley Sinclair, 30, was found shot to death in a heavily wooded area in Orange County, Fla., in the early morning hours of April 4. Neighbors called police when they saw a black sedan approach the area and heard four gunshots. Investigators said Sinclair was "an obvious victim of homicide," but no arrests have been made. Sinclair was a beloved member of Orlando's LGBT community and frequently performed at one of the city's oldest LGBT clubs, Parliament House.