"We are sounding the alarm. We are in an absolute state of emergency for black transgender women," said Chase Glenn.
According to a report on NBC, South Carolina's Pebbles LaDime Doe's death this week makes her the 14th transgender to be killed in the U.S. this year.
The 24-year-old victim was found dead on Sunday in a car parked in a driveway in Allendale County. Authorities have refrained from releasing any further information about her death.
"We are sounding the alarm. We are in an absolute state of emergency for black transgender women," said Chase Glenn, executive director of South Carolina LGBTQ group the Alliance For Full Acceptance. "We are at a crisis point that demands the nation’s attention."
My heart aches for Pebbles LaDime Doe, Kiki Fantroy, and their loved ones. The murder of Black trans women is a crisis that we must call out—and address head-on. https://t.co/Cww2IdWBSw— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) August 9, 2019
"While the motives of Dime's murder aren't yet known, we do know that often, the crimes against trans women of color are fueled by anti-LGBTQ prejudice, racism, and misogyny," she added.
"Black trans women live at the intersection of multiple marginalized identities, are too often treated as disposable and are experiencing epidemic levels of violence."
After 29-year-old Denali Berries Stuckey who was killed on July 20th, Doe is the second trans-person to be killed in South Carolina in a month.