Alabama woman is first known trans person killed this year in U.S.

By Tim Fitzsimons

Dana Martin, an Alabama transgender woman, was found dead on Jan. 6 near Montgomery. The 31-year-old Hope Hull resident is the first known transgender person to be killed so far this year.

Dana Martin, a transgender woman, was killed in Alabama.Courtesy of Montgomery Pride United

Martha Earnhardt of the Montgomery Police Department confirmed that Martin was found in the driver’s seat of a car with a gunshot wound and that police are investigating her death as a homicide. No arrests have been made, and police are not releasing further details at this time.

“Our local LGBTQ community is heart-broken and outraged that the first transgender murder has occurred here in Montgomery,” Meta Ellis and Harvey McDaniel of LGBTQ advocacy group Montgomery Pride United said in a statement shared with NBC News. “Dana Martin was a well-loved person in the community and she will be greatly missed.”

The group encouraged people with information about Martin’s death to contact authorities.

Even if a suspect in her death is identified and charged, a murder charge in Alabama can’t be up-charged as a hate crime, because the state’s hate crime law does not include sexual orientation or gender identity as protected classes.

CONTACT US

We're not around right now. But you can send us an email and we'll get back to you, asap.

Sending

Log in with your credentials

Forgot your details?