Black transgender woman Royal Poetical Starz, 26, was shot to death October 2 in Miami Gardens, Fla. She is one of at least 40 trans, nonbinary, and gender-nonconforming people known to have died by violence in the U.S. this year, approaching 2020’s record total of 44. Many more deaths undoubtedly go unreported or misreported. Starz, who lived in nearby Pompano Beach, was shot inside her Hummer in a residential area of Miami Gardens, South Florida Gay News reports. Police, whose report misgendered and deadnamed her, have released few details, but her friend Sandy T. Fox told the publication she was shot 20 times, including in the face. The crime occurred about 11:30 a.m. Starz, who was widowed two years ago, was struggling financially, Fox said. She worked as a masseuse and had recently received a business degree from a vocational school. She was also a singer. Tori Cooper, director of community engagement for the Human Rights Campaign’s Transgender Justice Initiative, commented the case as well. In a press release Cooper said, “Royal Starz was shot in broad daylight in her own car. She changed her name legally, but the police still misgendered her. Too often, transgender people are denied basic humanity even in death. Stories like these are an indictment of our society’s continued devaluation of Black trans lives. Royal deserved to live and pursue her dreams, but she became yet another victim of the horrific epidemic of violence against trans and nonbinary people.”

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