Little did I know that when I posted my cumulative trans murder stats for this year, I’d have to go back into the post to correct it a mere 24 hours later.
We unfortunately go to Chicago for the second time this year to discuss the latest trans woman we have lost to anti-trans violence.
She is 31 year old Ciara Minaj Carter Frazier. At 9:28 PM CDT Wednesday night she had been arguing with a person inside an abandoned building in the 4500 block of West Adams in the West Garfield Park neighborhood,
That person stabbed multiple times, then left her body in the backyard of the building. She was pronounced dead at the scene by police and Cook County medical examiners. A subsequent autopsy found that Frazier died of multiple sharp force injuries, and her death was ruled a homicide.
The Chicago Sun Times story l based this post on, is being accused of leaving out some disturbing details that I’m hearing about from local trans advocates and people who knew Ciara.
They allege that the perpetrator mutilated her body by cutting off her genitalia, and the body was nude when it was discovered. Those missing details, if confirmed, escalates Ciara’s murder to a hate crime.
It also fits into the excessive violence beyond lethality pattern that we know is a part of the profile of murders of trans women.
Her murder is being investigated by Chicago PD Area North detectives.
Frazier was well known in Chicago’s ballroom community, and she was the second trans person to die in the city in less than a month. She is also the 16th Black trans person to die in the US in 2018.
And once again, she was under 40 years of age.
#StopKillingUs Our Black trans lives matter. When will we hear community leaders, our legacy organizations, faith leaders and the politicians we put into office with our votes say that?
Or are you content to stay silent about it as the plague of violence being visited upon Black trans people continues?