The intersection in Kansas City, Missouri is now a place filled with tragedy.
Brooklyn Lindsey, a 32-year-old Black transgender woman that was beloved by her community, was found dead on a porch by Kansas City Police on Tuesday, according to CNN. She had been shot multiple times and her death has been ruled a homicide.
Lindsey has been described as intelligent with a good sense of humor.
Just a few weeks before Lindsey was killed, she told the Justice Project that she feared for her life. She had also been brutally beaten – but there were no available beds at the shelter to take her in because the organization is “flat broke.”
The Justice Project has been helping Lindsey for the last 11 years. The organization helps other impoverished women like her and helps them navigate the criminal justice and social systems.
Lindsey was killed at the same intersection as another transgender woman four years ago. Tamara Dominguez, a transgender Latina woman, was repeatedly run over in the area. Luis Sanchez was found guilty in December 2018 of Dominguez’s murder and was sentenced to 18 years in prison.
Lindsey’s death is just another in a long string of murders of transgender women. Eleven transgender women have been murdered so far in 2019, according to the Human Rights Campaign. The group says that all of the 11 victims this year are black transgender women.
Trans women of color are subjected to even more violence and have higher homicide rates combined with lower arrest rates for the crimes.
Twitter was ablaze with Lindsey’s name and memory:
Rest in power, Brooklyn Lindsey. Black trans women are systemically disregarded and erased and yet have fought for all of our freedom, have LED the charge. Do not let this go quietly. Do not let this go.https://t.co/LJ2W0cloQE
— DiaKCritical: Kansas City (@diakcritical) June 26, 2019