Her name was Amber Monroe, and she was just 20 years old and a student at Wayne State University in Motown. Her body was found early yesterday morning, and she had been shot, according to a statement by Equality Michigan .
“Our hearts are heavy with grief that we have lost another vibrant member of our community too soon. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of Amber’s family and friends whom she clearly loved deeply,” said Yvonne Siferd, Director of Victim Services for Equality Michigan.
“We have no idea yet whether this attack was fueled by transphobia, but we do know that Amber’s murder is the 12th murder of a transgender woman in the United States this year, and the 10th murder of a transgender woman of color. Transgender women, and especially transgender women of color, are disproportionately affected by violence.
Her life was just beginning; I know that this loss will leave so many people with a hole in their lives and with more questions than answers. Let’s come together to celebrate her life, and work for real change so that our transgender sisters can be free from persecution. I know we can do better. We have to do better.”
This is still a developing story and Detroit Police are still investigating what happened, so as further details get passed on or I find out about them, I'll pass them on to you TransGriot readers.Papi Edwards, 20, Louisville, January 9Lamia Beard, 30, Norfolk on January 17Ty Underwood, 24, Tyler TX on January 26Yazmin Vash Payne, 33, LA on January 31Taja de Jesus, 36, San Fran February 1Penny Proud, 21, New Orleans February 10Bri Golec, 22, Akron on February 13Kristina Grant Infiniti, 47, Miami on February 15London Chanel, 21, Philadelphia on May 18Mercedes Williamson, 17, Alabama on May 30India Clarke, 25, Tampa on July 22K.C. Haggard, 66, Fresno on July 23Amber Monroe, 20, Detroit on August 8#SayHerName
This crap needs to strop. With this murder we have matched in eight bloody months what it took all of 2014 to accomplish, and these are just the ones we know about. Ten of the 12 trans women killed have been trans women of color.
What also irks me the most is that nine of the now twelve murdered trans women were under 30 years of age, and one was just 17 years old.
I'm also tired of my young trans sisters being misgendered and posthumosly slimed by the media after they are murdered.
So tell me Black America, when will #BlackTransLivesMatter to you? Today? Next week? Next month? Next year? How many more young Black trans people must die before you start caring enough to work with us to stop the murders of trans people?
When will you send the message that Black trans people are part of the Black community too?
Your fellow trans people are waiting to hear that answer instead of loud and wrong condemnation from sellout ministers cooning it up for white cconservafool fundamentalists and deafening silence from our legacy organization like the NAACP and the Urban League.
Rest In Power and in peace, Amber. You are loved, and your trans family and our allies won't rest until justice is done in your case..