Sunday is International Transgender Day of Remembrance, commemorating trans people whose lives have been lost to violence.
Over 119 trans people were murdered in the first nine months of 2011 alone.
Now, sadly, we can add Cassidy Vickers to that list.
Vickers was killed by an unknown assailant last night around 10pm, near the intersection of Lexington Avenue and Gower Street in Hollywood. The suspect, said to be a 5’ 9” black man between the ages of 20 aand 30, shot Vickers in the chest with a semi-automatic pistol and ran off. Nearly an hour later, the same assailant is believed to have shot another black trans woman. She, fortunately, survived to contact the police.
According to authorities, the man is still at large, still armed and still dangerous.
Light a candle for Ms. Vickers on Sunday, and pray that others like her might stay safe.