Police Urged to Investigate OH, PA Trans Murders
The murder of a transgender woman in the northeast section of Philadelphia, last week, is the latest transgender homicide to be reported in the country this year. With a few months left in 2012, reports indicate the country’s total number of transgender deaths could reach an all time high.
Philadelphia police are searching for information surrounding the death of a transgender woman found shot in the head last week.
Police have identified the victim as Kyra Cordova, also known on social media as Kyra Kruz. They say she was found in a wooded area in the Northeast section of the city.
The 27-year old was well known in the Philadelphia LGBT Community.
Cordova worked for the Nonprofit Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative and volunteered with the Philadelphia Pride festivities.
According to Philadelphia Police Spokesperson Jillian Russell homicide teams are currently investigating and are not yet classifying this as a hate crime.
Violent crimes against transgender people are reportedly on the rise.
The Gay Peoples Chronicle reports that the August death of a Cincinnati transgender woman marked the 9th transgender homicide in the county.
The shooting death of Krya Cordova makes ten.
The Chronicle also reports, with four months left in 2012, the U-S is on track to reach or exceed last year’s reported number of transgender murder victims.
Though the Killing of Cincinnati’s of 26-year-old Kendall Hampton is classified as a hate crime, it is unknown how many of the other trans murders are as well.