Authorities in Philadelphia found Shantee Tucker, a black transgender woman, on a highway Wednesday (5 September) morning. They found her shot in the back and subsequently took her to Temple University Hospital, where she died.
Tucker is the 19th transgender person and victim of deadly violence in the United States this year. Of those victims, 16 have been women of color.
Tucker recently celebrated her 30th birthday.
According to Philly Magazine, an investigation revealed Tucker had a brief argument with a person, or numerous people. They were in a black Ford pickup truck and began shooting at the victim.
Friends and family began posting memories and tributes to Tucker on her Facebook page.
Terrible violence against the transgender community
Violence against the LGBTI community has been on the rise in the US.
A report from the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) revealed 2017 was the deadliest year on record for the community. Transgender women made up a considerable number of the victims and most of the victims were under 35.
Earlier this year, trans activist Ashlee Marie Preston celebrated her 34th birthday. Her birthday cake had photos of 77 black transgender women who were murdered before the age of 35 on it.
The first known trans woman killed in 2018 Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien. She was found at her Massachusetts home in early January.