A transgender woman found shot to death in Southwest Florida is the fifth trans woman murdered in Florida in the past seven months, and LGBTQ activists are calling for a larger investigation.
News accounts say Londonn Moore, 20, was found lying in the road around 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 8 several miles from her hometown of Port Charlotte, Orlando Weekly reports.
The Sarasota Herald-Tribune identified Moore by her legal gender and legal name, Tyren Anthony Kinard, but the story noted Moore used a different name and gender on Facebook.
As the Phoenix reported in July, Florida’s rash of homicides against transgender women of color began in February. Three homicides happened in Jacksonville: 36-year-old Celine Walker on Feb. 4, 38-year-old Antash’a English on June 1, and 24-year-old Cathalina James on June 24. Sasha Garden, 27, was found dead in Orlando in July.
The murders raised alarm bells among the LGBTQ community, with one state leader noting that the victims were all part of the same drag show circuit. Law enforcement officials in Jacksonville told the Phoenix this summer that they have no evidence that the three murders in their city are connected. A 30-year-old gay man who did hairstyles for drag queens and occasionally performed, Jesse Sumlar, was also murdered in Jacksonville, and officials have arrested and charged a man with murder. The man was using Sumlar’s credit card and Sumlar’s car was later found burned.
“Regardless of whether this is the act of a single person, multiple people working in concert, or a heinous act that’s a direct result of the dehumanization of transgender people seen across the nation, the spike in anti-transgender violence is a terrifying pattern that must be addressed,” Gina Duncan, Equality Florida’s statewide director of transgender equality, told Orlando Weekly.
Anyone with information about Moore’s murder is asked to call North Port Police Detective Chris Maki at 941-429-7323 or [email protected]