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Trans Woman of Color Murdered in Chicago

Transgender Murder

The death of Tiara Lashaytheboss Richmond is the fourth homicide of a trans person reported this year.

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A transgender woman of color has been shot to death on Chicago's south side, the fourth reported murder of a trans person this year.

Tiara Lashaytheboss Richmond, 24, died Tuesday morning, Windy City Times reports. She was shot in the chest, arm, and hand.

Richmond was shot shortly after 6 a.m. by a person she was riding with in a vehicle, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, which misgendered her in its report. The suspect fled in the vehicle, and police found Richmond lying on the ground when they arrived. She was pronounced dead about 7 a.m. at a nearby hospital.

By this time last year, six murders of transgender people had been reported in the U.S. It turned out to be the deadliest year on record, with 27 homicides of trans Americans reported. Most of them were women of color.

The actual number in any given year is undoubtedly much higher, as many victims are misgendered by media or police, or their deaths not reported at all.

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Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.
Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.