Just two days after the LGBTQ community mourned the death of 17-year-old Bailey Reeves, a black transgender woman who was killed on Labor Day in Baltimore, another life was tragically taken, and some believe it was another crime targeting transgender women.
A body found by Florida police inside a burned car in Hendry County early on Wednesday is believed to be that of Bee Love, a 21-year-old black transgender woman.
The body was burned beyond recognition, but Love’s best friend Kernard Wade believes it was her body. On the night of the fire, she had told Wade via text messages that she wanted to leave town, and that she was going to get in trouble, if she stayed.
”That’s her car,” he told local news station WINK News. “I know that. I know her car,” said Wade, who also shared with the station the text messages where Love hinted that she expected that somebody was going to hurt her.
Investigators are still waiting for the results from the medical examiner to release any information about the victim’s identity.
If confirmed, Love will be the 19th reported violent death of a transgender person in 2019 in the U.S. All but one were black transgender women.
Two other trans women of color died while in custody or shortly after their release: Johana “Joa” Medina died at a hospital in El Paso, Texas, after being released from ICE custody; Layleen Polanco, was found dead in a cell at Rikers Island.