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Charlotte Trans Woman Dies of Injuries From November Attack

Brian Fitzgerald Sherrell Faulkner
Brian Fitzgerald Sherrell Faulkner

Sherrell Faulkner becomes this year's 11th known trans homicide victim.

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A transgender woman who was beaten and left beside a trash bin in Charlotte, N.C., last November has died of her injuries, making her the 11th known transgender homicide victim this year.

Sherrell Faulkner, 46, died May 16 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte as a result of the November 30 attack, and police ruled her death a homicide, The Charlotte Observer reports.

"We are facing a national epidemic of violence with 11 trans people, many of them transgender people of color, murdered in 2017," said a statement released this week by Ames Simmons, Equality North Carolina's director of transgender policy. "We are asking leaders and community members at every level to consider both the overt and underlying reasons for these killings. We must address the root causes of violence against our community, and we cannot rest until the violence stops."

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are asking that anyone with information call the police department at (704) 432-8477 or Crime Stoppers at (704) 334-1600, or provide it via the mobile app available at the Crime Stoppers website, https://charlottecrimestoppers.com.

[RELATED: These Are the Trans People Killed in 2017]

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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.