Group says transgender woman, 20, killed in Detroit

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

A 20-year-old transgender woman was shot and killed in Detroit this weekend, according to the LGBT advocacy group Equality Michigan.

Yvonne Siferd, Equality Michigan’s director of victim services, said the victim was 20-year old Amber Monroe.

Detroit police officials said Sunday they could not comment on the matter without more detail about where and when the alleged crime happened.

Equality Michigan officials said her body was found Saturday morning.

Media reports Sunday said Monroe was found in the McNichols and Woodward area. Siferd confirmed those reports on Monday.

Siferd issued this statement during the weekend:

“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.

“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.”

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