'No peace until justice is had': A Black transgender woman's body was pulled from the river in Philadelphia
A protester holds up a sign reading "Black Trans Lives Matter" during a protest in Madrid, Spain on June 7, 2020.
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The Philadelphia police are investigating the murder of Dominique "Rem'mie" Fells, a black transgender woman.
According to local trans advocates, Fell's dismembered body was dredged out of a river on Tuesday.
"With thousands taking to the streets to announce that Black Lives is Matter, it is important that we remember that this includes the lives of black transsexuals," said Philadelphia's LGBT Affairs office.
Activist Deja Lynn Alvarez told Insider: "When it comes to serving and protecting trans people, the conventional way of doing and thinking about these things will not work."
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Police in Philadelphia are investigating the murder of a transgender woman, Dominique "Rem'mie" Fells, whose body was identified this week.
Fur's dismembered body was pulled from the banks of the Schuylkill River on Tuesday. There was trauma to the face and head and her legs were severed in the middle of the thigh, 6 ABC reported that Fells was abused.
The authorities believe that Fur's legs have been severed on train tracks.
"Her name is Dominique" Rem'mie "Fells and there will be no peace until there is justice!" Sisters PGH, a Philadelphia transgender advocate, posted on Instagram. "#SayHerName #blacktranslivesmattertoo," added the post.
Fell's sister has launched a GoFundMe campaign to help the family pay their funeral expenses. To date, it has raised more than $ 31,000.
The Philadelphia police have not yet responded to a request for comment, but the city's LGBT affairs office has confirmed that an ongoing investigation is ongoing.
"The pain of such a loss is always difficult, but especially deep, since we are in the middle of Pride Month - a time that is usually full of joy and celebration for many in our community," the office said. "While thousands are taking to the streets to announce that Black Lives is Matter, it is important that we remember that this includes the life of Black Trans. Dominique Rem'mie Fells' life was important."
"We are reminded of this and of countless other painful casualties, particularly within our transgender communities, that there is still much to be done before we achieve full equality, respect and support for all of us," he added. "The murder of transgender people - especially those of color - is really an epidemic and a crisis that we cannot afford to keep going."
"I don't think there is a safe city for black trans women," Philadelphia activist Deja Lynn Alverez told Insider. "When it comes to serving and protecting trans people, the traditional way of doing and thinking about these things will not work. It is time to invest in actual trans leadership."
Participants in the 8th annual Philly Trans March on October 6, 2018.
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According to the human rights campaign, at least 26 transgendered or sexually abusive people were killed in the U.S. in 2019, most of whom were black transgender women.
To date, at least 11 transsexuals have died from violence in 2020, including Nina Pop, a transsexual who was found stabbed to death in Sikeston, Missouri on May 3, according to the Associated Press.
On May 27, two days after George Floyd was murdered by police, Tony McDade, a transgender man, was shot dead by police in Tallahassee, Florida.
According to ABC News, local police reported that McDade met the description of a stabbing suspect and was fatally shot after firing a gun on an unnamed official.
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