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20 transgender people have been killed this year

Derricka Banner, a 26 year-old became the 20th transgender person to be killed in 2017 on Tuesday morning, according to Mic. She lived in Lenoir, North Carolina and was found dead in Charlotte. She was found dead by gunshot inside a car.

A Charlotte man, Montavious Sanchez Berry, was arrested and charged with her murder. Charlotte police are communicating with the FBI about the murder, but won’t comment yet on whether the shooting was a hate crime. The state’s hate crime statute doesn’t include gender identity, which means the federal government would have to bring charges. A police spokesman, who referred to her as “Derrick,” told press that at this point in the investigation, there hasn’t been any evidence to suggest she was killed because of gender identity. …

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