Police are currently investigating the killing of transgender woman TeeTee Dangerfield after her body was discovered outside of her Atlanta apartment complex. Dangerfield is the 16th known trans person murdered in 2017.
According to The Georgia Voice, Dangerfield was found outside of her vehicle with multiple gunshot wounds at the South Hampton Estates apartment complex on July 31 at about 4:30 a.m. She was taken to the hospital shortly thereafter where she passed away. There are currently no known suspects.
“Detectives are out there right now following up on leads that have been coming in since then,” said Major Lance Patterson of College Park Police Department, who added that it was unclear if the murder was related to Dangerfield being trans. “At this time we don’t have anything that’s telling us that, but we’re not ruling out any possible motive."
The killing occurred only days after a local rally in support of tran rights.
Last year had the highest recorded amount of trans deaths in American history. If killings continue at the current rate, 2017 may surprass that record.