The victim of a murder over the weekend in Cleveland, Ohio, has been identified as a transgender woman named Skye Mockabee.
The 26-year-old victim had initially been misgendered as male by police.
Mockabee lying face down next to a tow truck and bleeding from the mouth, in a parking lot early in the morning on Saturday (30 July).
She was found around 8 am in the city’s Puritas-Longmead neighborhood by the owner of Ecclesiastic Granite Fab, according to Cleveland.com.
She was pronounced dead a half hour later.
There are few details known about the murder of Mockabee who is the 16th transgender person to be killed in the US so far in 2016, according to the Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO).
‘Our hearts, minds and condolences are with Skye’s family, friends, and community in this time of tragedy. All of us at BRAVO are saddened and outraged as our communities continue to be repeatedly targeted,’ said Aaron Eckhardt, BRAVO’s training and technical assistance director.
‘We must continue to come together as a broad community of support to say hate has no home in Ohio, until hate has no home anywhere.’
The murder took place in a city that last month was host to the Republican National Convention.
At that event, the GOP adopted the most anti-LGBTI platform in its history.
But prior to hosting the convention, Cleveland made a statement by approving a local ordinance allowing trans people to use restrooms and other public facilities that matched their gender identity.
Last week, local Pride organizers were heavily criticized when they announced they were canceling this year’s event and blamed ‘the changing social climate.’
Cleveland was expecting to celebrate its 28th annual LGBT Pride on 13 August.
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