Black transgender woman found shot and killed on last day of Pride month

Black transgender woman found shot and killed on last day of Pride month

A Black transgender woman was found dead with apparent gunshot wounds in a Dallas parking lot on Tuesday, the last day of Pride month, authorities in Dallas said.

Dallas police said the woman, who has been identified in reports as Merci Mack, was discovered in a parking lot outside an apartment building shortly after 6 a.m. Tuesday. She was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.

The department said residents reported hearing gunfire earlier in the morning, but added the office has “no records of 911 calls at that time.”

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Mack is one of at least 17 transgender or gender non-conforming people to be fatally shot or killed by violent means so far this year, data from the Human Rights Campaign, which tracks fatal anti-transgender violence, shows. 

In Dallas alone, at least four transgender women of color have been killed since May 2018, according to NBC News

The founder of the Black Trans Advocacy Coalition, Carter Brown, told the network in an interview on Wednesday that “it’s been a very tumultuous time for the Dallas transgender community.” 

For transgender people in Dallas, Brown told the outlet, “there’s not really a place — not within the LGBT community, and, especially for the Black trans community, there’s no place in the Black community.”

“So with no community and no protection from friends or other people — let alone authority or the law — then we are often just attacked and disposed of as a result of transphobia and homophobia,” Brown added.

The killing comes almost a year after authorities in Florida recovered the body Bee Love Slater, another Black trans woman, from an abandoned vehicle in Clewiston. Authorities said at the time that Slater’s body had been burned beyond recognition.