On Thursday night, 23-year-old Zoe Spears, a Black transgender woman, was shot and killed in Fairmount Heights, Maryland. She is the 10th trans woman reported murdered this year in the United States
According to the Washington Post, the Washington, D.C. resident was found lying in the street with several gunshot wounds, including one to the head, on Eastern Avenue. Spears was found nearly half a mile away from where her friend Ashanti Carmon, another young Black trans woman, was also found fatally shot on March 27.
“[Zoe Spears] was just trying to make it and just trying to survive on the street, and that is very difficult,” said Earline Budd, a long-time trans advocate.