Derricka Banner Becomes 19th Transgender Person Murdered In The US This Year

Derricka Banner Becomes 19th Transgender Person Murdered In The US This Year”

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police say the city's latest murder victim and suspect knew one another before a fatal shooting Tuesday off Beatties Ford Road. Police found Derricka Banner, 26, a trans woman of color, shot to death in a auto around 3 am in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Banner was found by police dead during Hurricane Irma around northwest Charlotte in the 1400 block of Rosetta Street, not far from the Northwest School of the Arts.

It also furthers the gravity of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs' report last month, revealing more LGBTI people have been killed in hate-related violence so far this year than all of last year.

Banner's death comes just before Charlotte is set to host North Carolina Trans Pride 2017, an event organized by and for the state's trans community. Trans people, especially trans women of color, are particularly vulnerable.

Montavious Berry is charged with murder in the death of derrick banner. CMPD said Thursday the two had communicated previously. But now, police are looping in the FBI into this investigation.

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In addition to QNotes, his work has appeared in publications such The Charlotte Observer, Creative Loafing Charlotte, LGBTQ Nation and The Pride L.A. He graduated from the State University of NY at Brockport and has lived in Charlotte since 2006.

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