A Black woman from Alabama is the first known transgender person to be murdered in 2019.
Dana Martin was found dead from a gunshot wound to her head on Sunday night, reports The Montgomery Advertiser. She was discovered by first responders who were answering a call about a car accident. Investigators believe she was shot while she was driving.
Initial reports misgendered Martin, a sadly common error when reporting on the deaths of transgender people. Two local activists identified Martin as a woman to The Advocate.
Montgomery Police claimed the department misgendered the 31-year-old in its official documents as a matter of policy.
“Please note that MPD publicly identified the victim as male as determined by legal documents and forensic evaluation,” Captain Regina Duckett said in a statement to AL.com. “For MPD, how a homicide victim identifies is a personal matter that becomes relevant to our investigation only if it is determined to be a reason the victim was killed.”
There are no suspects in custody. Martin’s murder is also the first homicide of the year for Montgomery.
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