Killings of transgender women of color often unsolved in Chicago – Chicago Tribune
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Five years after Rosemary Gamble’s granddaughter, a transgender woman named Tiara Richmond, was shot to death at age 24, Gamble has yet to see justice. And a new analysis by the Tribune indicates that the odds are against her.
The Tribune found that only about 23% of the violent deaths of transgender women in recent years have been solved by Chicago police, compared to 38% of homicides solved overall.
The Chicago Police Department doesn’t track these deaths, but by combing through news clips, LGBTQ websites, and Cook County medical examiner’s records, the Tribune was able to identify at least some of the victims: 13 transgender people killed in Chicago since 2010, all of them women of color. Three of those transgender homicides — or killings of transgender people by others — have been solved.
Although the Tribune analysis is small, and likely excludes some victims because of the limited sources of information available, it is one of the first of its kind.
— Nara Schoenberg and William Lee
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