Dana Martin, First Trans Woman Killed in 2019

The 31-year-old Alabama resident was found in her vehicle, crashed in a ditch, with a fatal gunshot wound.

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Jan 11 2019, 4:14pm

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Dana Martin, 31, of Montgomery County, Alabama, was killed on Sunday, January 6, in a shooting, making her the first known transgender woman killed in 2019.

According to local news reports, Martin was found in her car, which had ran off the road and crashed into a ditch. She was found inside her vehicle with fatal gunshot wounds.

The Alabama news website AL.com reports that the Montgomery Police Department misgendered Martin, a common occurrence that makes it more difficult to identify transgender victims of violent crime. In a statement to AL.com, the MPD said: “Please note that MPD publicly identified the victim as male as determined by legal documents and forensic evaluation... 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.” The LGBT publication INTO spoke with contacts and friends of Martin, who confirmed that she was a transgender woman.

According to GLAAD, the misidentification of transgender victims of violence "adds further insult to injury, compounding the tragedy by invalidating who the victims were." GLAAD has created a guide explaining the importance of correct identification, Doubly Victimized: Reporting on Transgender Victims of Crime.

According to the Montgomery Adviser, the investigation into Martin's death is ongoing. At time of publishing, no arrests have been made.

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