Two Black Trans Women, Dominique Fells and Riah Milton, Were Killed This Week

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By Marie Claire
Earlier this week, two black transgender women were killed in 24 hours.
The remains of Dominique Rem'mie Fells were found Monday night at Bartam's Garden in Philadelphia. The next day, Riah Milton was shot several times during a robbery in Liberty Township, Ohio.
The women were both misled and in some cases reported dead in early police and media reports. The incidents illustrate the disproportionate frequency of violence and murder among black trans women.
While the protests against Black Lives Matter continue across the country this week, the black transgender community has once again been the target of violence. Two black transgender women were killed in separate attacks within 24 hours.
The remains of Dominique Rem'mie Fells were found on the Schuylkill River at Bartam's Garden in Philadelphia on Monday evening. Then, on Tuesday, Riah Milton was shot several times during an attempted robbery in Liberty Township, Ohio.
The devastation of the trans community was exacerbated by the fact that both women were repeatedly abused and called dead. Fells was abused in early police and media reports as it took the authorities several days to identify her remains. In a Facebook post on Thursday, TransOhio reported that Milton "was consistently mistreated and named" by the media.
LGBTQ communities and allies across the country are mourning Fells and Milton, especially as transgender Americans continue to be victims of disproportionate violence. As Out Magazine notes, most deaths in the transgender community are colored trans women, most of whom are killed with weapons.
"We are in an absolute state of emergency for black transgender women," said Chase Glenn, executive director of the LGBTQ group Alliance For Full Acceptance in South Carolina, in a statement to NBC last year.
Many people have signed up online on Twitter to demonstrate their support for the transgender community after the murders.
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Dominique Fells' power.
Calm in power Riah Milton.
Your life was important. #blacktranslivesmatter #blacklivesmatter
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Black trans women have shaped the culture we enjoy today more than we think and know. The least we can do is protect them and keep them alive.

Say their names # DominqueFells #RiahMilton

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In our community two more were taken, we speak your names rest in peace and power !! # DominqueFells # RiahMilton # TransLivesMatter
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1/4 This week alone, two black trans women, #DominqueFells and #RiahMilton, were murdered in the United States two weeks ago. Black trans man ç was murdered by the police.

With the media focusing their energy on JK Rowling, most of these deaths have not been reported.

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During this time, if you're looking for a way to give something back to the Black Trans community, you can donate to the verified GoFundMe site set up to cover Fell's funeral expenses.
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