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, http://charlottecrimestoppers.com.
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