Never Forget

Transgender Day Of Remembrance: Paying Tribute To 10 Victims of Violence

Chrissie Bates, 45
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Died: January 11, 2011

Chrissie Bates was stabbed to death in her downtown Minneapolis apartment on January 11, the city’s first homicide of the year. Arnold Darwin Waukazo, who was allegedly dating Bates, was arrested for her murder several days later and, as of November 8, is currently on trial.

Bates’ death was caused by “complex homicidal violence,” according to the medical examiner’s office, referring to the variety and number of her wounds. “In LGBT homicide, it’s common to see overkill,” said researcher Dallas Drake. “Excessive wounding, more injury than what is necessary to cause the death… When you see overkill it typically points toward an intimate-partner killing.”