Tee Tee Dangerfield – a 32-year-old transgender woman – was shot several times and killed in the parking lot of a metro Atlanta apartment complex early Monday.
The former bartender and native of Hammond, La., was discovered near her vehicle in the parking lot of South Hampton Estates in College Park. Her body was found Monday about 4:30 a.m., police told the Georgia Voice.
Major Lance Patterson told Georgia Voice that College Park Fire Rescue took Dangerfield to Grady Memorial Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. Patterson also said her family had been notified.
There are no suspects at this time, according to Patterson.
“Detectives are out there right now following up on leads that have been coming in since then,” he said.
Dangerfield is at least the 16th transgender person killed in the U.S. in 2017, according to HRC. Her death came two days after a Midtown rally and march in support of transgender Atlantans.
In June, Ava Le'Ray Barrin – a transgender teen from Atlanta – was shot killed in the parking lot of Athens apartment complex. Her alleged killer, who is also trans, shot her during an argument.
In February, LGBT Atlanta memorialized Chyna Gibson and helped raised funds for the family of the popular transgender performer. Gibson, 31, was murdered Feb. 25 as she celebrated Mardi Gras in her hometown of New Orleans. Gibson – also known as Chyna Doll Dupree – performed in drag shows and pageants in Atlanta and across the country. She lived in California but had returned to New Orleans for Mardi Gras.
In March, some 200 LGBTQ people and supporters marched through Midtown to protest violence against trans people. In August 2015, activists rallied outside a MARTA station in downtown Atlanta to call attention to anti-trans violence.
In February 2016, Livian Merritt – a 20-year-old a transgender woman in South Georgia – was brutally beaten, sexually assaulted and hospitalized by three men who attacked her as she met a friend for dinner.