Kansas City, Missouri police have identified a woman believed to be the 21st transgender person killed in the United States this year.
According to KCTV, 30-year-old Brianna Hill was shot to death Monday at around 11:30 a.m. local time. Although the local CBS affiliate claims the shooting took place at 43rd and Hardesty — near Vineyard Park in eastern Kansas City — it does not state whether the incident took place in Hill’s home.
The victim reportedly died before police could respond. Although her killer’s name has not been identified, the gunman did not flee the scene and is said to have waited for law enforcement officials to arrive.
The news station says authorities are not investigating other suspects but have not determined a motive for Hill’s murder.
While community members have yet to weigh in on the tragedy, Hill is at least the second transgender person to be killed in Kansas City this year. The body of 32-year-old Brooklyn Lindsey was discovered on the front porch of an abandoned home on June 25 after she was shot multiple times. Marcus Lewis was arrested in connection with her death earlier this year and faces charges of second-degree murder.
According to CNN, Tamara Dominguez, a transgender Latina, was also killed near the exact same location four years earlier after she was run over by a car multiple times.
Nearly all of the nearly two dozen transgender individuals killed this year were Black women, including Chynal Lindsay, Muhlyasia Booker, Ashanti Carmon, and Bee Love Slater, and the majority were lost their lives as a result of gun violence. Police have not identified any demographic information about Hill at the time of publication.
However, the number of transgender people slain in 2019 is likely to vary somewhat in reporting about Hill’s death.
Although Jamagio Jamar Berryman, who was also killed in Kansas City in September, was initially identified as transgender, community members, friends, and family later came forward to correct the record and stated that Berryman identified as a gender nonconforming gay man.
According to KCTV, 119 homicides have been recorded in Kansas City this year.