A trans woman is living in fear for her life after she was brutally beaten in her own home in front of two children. Kendell Stephens, 34, told WPVI ABC 6 she was attacked by a group of assailants after she tried to intervene in a disturbance outside her home. The attackers followed Stephens into her home and yelled transphobic epithets during the assault.
"My lips are swollen, my jaw is very sore, barely even able to chew it's so bad," Kendall Stephens said.
The problems started around 11:00 p.m. Monday with people “fighting” and “throwing around liquor bottles all in front of my property while I had kids inside,” Stephens explained, referring to her 12-year-old goddaughter and another child who, along with her husband, were home at the time.
She went outside to complain about the noise and threatened to call police if the troublemakers didn’t leave. It was at this point, Stephens recalled, she was attacked.
“This lady comes balling at me like a bull and starts swinging at me, I tried to close my door, front door, and as I'm doing this, she kicks it open and starts attacking me all about the face,” said Stephens.
Stephens reported her assailants called her “a tranny” and said “you’re a man” and that she “deserved” the beating.
Part of the assault was captured on a security camera outside Stephens’s home, but the camera was ripped down by one of her attackers. While police initially viewed the incident as a simple assault, detectives became involved after medical providers at the hospital alerted authorities. Police have not made an arrest or announced any suspects, but are investigating the surveillance tape as well as any leads they have on the case.
For her part, Stephens remains fearful following the heartless attack.
“I am in fear of my life, they threatened to come back and finish the job. [Those were the] last words they said to me," Stephens said. “They already showed what kind of monsters they are, they're savages.”