Another transgender person was violently killed this week. Sara Blackwood was shot while walking home from work in Indianapolis, Indiana, late Sunday evening. She was taken to a local hospital where she later died. Blackwood's death is the 6th violent killing of a transgender person in the last 23 days. Her death is also the 33rd so far in 2020, further adding to the highest number yet recorded in a single year.
"This violence is heartbreaking and horrifying. It must end," Tori Cooper, director of community engagement for the transgender justice initiative for Human Rights Campaign, said.
"She was very sweet and a very good person," Jimmy Johnson, a friend of Blackwood, told WXIN. The pair had worked together for several years at a previous job and he recalled it took a while to get to know Blackwood, but that "once I got to know her, I really enjoyed her company."
"We must all ask ourselves what each of us is doing to work to bring this violence to an end," Cooper observed. "We are mourning Sara's loss along with her friends and family, including her domestic partner Avery, who are all in our thoughts. As we take time to remember Sara, we'll keep fighting for the lives for all trans and gender non-conforming people."
"It was senseless. Absolutely senseless for this to happen," Johnson said of Blackwood's loss, later adding "the world at large is missing a very kind responsible person."
Anyone with additional information about the case is asked to call the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department at (317) 327-3811.