Her death brings the total of reported trans murders in the U.S. to 22
ROBSTOWN, Texas — A transgender woman was found shot to death near Corpus Christi Texas on October 21 reports the Caller-Times, bringing the death toll of reported violent trans deaths to 22, last year there were 27.
Identified as the deceased is Stephanie Montes, 47, a longtime friend of Brittany Ramirez.
"She used to like to dance," Ramirez said. "She really enjoyed life. She was one of the sweetest people you'll ever meet."
Nueces County Sheriff's Office found the body and medical examiners confirmed that she had been shot three times: in the chest, abdomen, and shoulders.
"She just had a great outlook on life. She was very supportive of everyone," said Ramirez, "... I'm hoping everyone has equal rights. It's a human life regardless." She added, "I don't know why anybody would do this."
PFLAG Corpus Christi president Kathy Huff believes that it was a hate crime and has organized a “Tran Rights Rally,” for November 4.
"(The rally is) to bring awareness to fact that we're not covered under hate crime laws or anti-discrimination laws," Huff said. "I'm so overwhelmed with getting this stuff done for Stephanie to make sure that she gets the dignity she deserves."
Capt. Monica Rios said the Nueces County Sheriff's Office is continuing its investigation, which is still in its early stages.