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The 14th Black Trans Woman Has Been Murdered Just This Year

Pebbles LaDime Doe

Rest in power, Pebbles LaDime Doe. 

A second trans woman has been murdered in South Carolina in just one month.

Pebbles LaDime Doe was found dead in a car in Allendale County, family members confirmed to WJBF in Augusta, Ga.

"There has been too many killing going on and no one is doing anything about it," said Barbara Kolberg, a relative of Doe's.

Family and the TV station deadnamed Doe in the report but included social media messages of mourning referring to Pebbles LaDime Doe, the name used by the victim on all her social media accounts.

Local police have communicated little about the death, according to WJBF.

The Allendale County Sheriff's Office referred questions to state police and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division would not retrun calls to WJBF Wednesday about the Sunday murder.

The death follows that of Denali Berries Stuckey in North Charleston on July 20. Police say she was shot and killed.

Both Denali and Doe were trans women of color. Doe was the fourth known trans murder victim in South Carolina since 2018 and at least the 14th murdered in the U.S. this year. Thus far, all have been women of color.

The Alliance for Full Acceptance issued a statement upon the news of Doe's death.

The group is "devastated by the news of Dime Doe's murder in Allendale County," the statement reads.

"While our community is still reeling from the murder of one of our transgender sisters in North Charleston just two weeks ago, we now learn that a second black trans woman has been murdered not even one hundred miles away. We are sounding the alarm-- We are in an absolute state of emergency for black transgender women."

"We are at a crisis point that demands the nation's attention," the Alliance for Full Acceptance continued. "At this moment, there is no sense of peace or security for our transgender community-- and there won't be until their lives are truly respected and valued by society."

Constant reports of violence against our community are difficult to read, especially as we continue to face historic rates. If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, you can reach out to the Anti-Violence Project's free bilingual (English/Spanish) national hotline at (212) 714-1141 or report online for support.

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