Shooting Death of Young Latina Trans Woman Brings 2020 Toll to 44 Known Deaths

A Latina transgender woman in her early 20’s was shot to death on December 26 in the Bronx borough of New York City. She was shot in the back of her head and died at the scene according to officers responding to the 911 call.

Her name was Alexandria Winchester. The Ali Forney Center in New York announced her death and confirmed she was a participant in their programming. There are few details about Alexandria’s life as of yet. Some reports say she was 20, others 24. The mainstream media coverage misgenders her and is also vague about her age.

Alexandria Winchester
Ali Forney Center Facebook Page

Alexandria’s life mattered. Obviously, the Ali Forney Center has more details on her than they can publicly share and we have to trust their lead. They are planning a memorial. It feels wrong to not have a photo or some simple details on her life. We just know a few bits of her identity and that her life was stolen by a seemingly execution style violence.

Alexandria is the 44th trans or gender nonconforming person known to be killed in 2020 in the United States. That’s a horrifyingly high record. She’s the 10th Latinx neighbor to be killed. And she is one of 19 victims 25 or younger. She’s the 3rd reported death from New York City and the 2nd from the Bronx specifically.

I am especially saddened to realize that we lost young trans women on Dec 25, 26, and 27. This is supposed to be one of the times of the year where we celebrate the birth of a savior and yet, we have this turn of events. I expect most Christian identified people will simply turn the other cheek. That’s heartbreaking, for these young women and for all of those who are still with us.

Alexandria’s life mattered. It is important that we collectively honor her truth and acknowledge her death. I invite you to join me in making a modest donation to the Ali Forney Center in Alexandria’s name so that other young people can have their flowers while they are still with us.

Rest in power, Alexandria. You deserved so much more time to embrace your life and enjoy your truth. You will not be forgotten. Your friends and loved ones will strive to create a better world that celebrates you.

May your memory be a revolution.


My list of transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary neighbors who have lost their lives to violent deaths in the US during 2020. Please do not copy this post without attribution.

  1. Dustin Parker – McAlester, Oklahoma. January 1, 2020. Age 25.
  2. Alexa Negron Luciano – Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. February 24, 2020. Age 29.
  3. Yampi Mendez Arocho – Moca, Puerto Rico, March 5, 2020. Age 19.
  4. Monica Diamond – Charlotte, North Carolina. March 18, 2020. Age 34.
  5. Lexi – Harlem, New York City, New York. March 28, 2020. Age 33.
  6. Johanna Metzger – Baltimore, Maryland. April 1, 2020. Age 25.
  7. Serena Angelique Velazquezz – Puerto Rico. April 22, 2020. Age 32.
  8. Layla Pelaez – Puerto Rico. April 22, 2020. Age 21.
  9. Penélope Díaz Ramírez – Puerto Rico. April 13, 2020. Age 31
  10. Nina Pop – Sikeston, Missouri. May 3, 2020. Age 28.
  11. Helle Jae O’Regan – San Antonio, Texas. May 6, 2020. Age 20.
  12. Tony McDade – Tallahassee, Florida. May 27, 2020. Age 38.
  13. Dominique Rem’mie Fells – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. June 8, 2020. Age 27.
  14. Riah Milton – Liberty Township, Ohio. June 9, 2020. Age 25.
  15. Selena Reyes Hernandez – Chicago. May 31, 2020. Age 37.
  16. Brayla Stone – Sherwood, Arkansas. June 25, 2020. Age 17.
  17. Merci Mack – Dallas, June 30, 2020. Age 22.
  18. Jayne Thompson – Colorado, May 2020. Age 33.
  19. Bree Black – Pompana Beach, Florida, July 3, 2020. Age 27.
  20. Draya McCarty – Baton Rouge, Louisiana, July 2020. Age unknown.
  21. Shaki Peters – Amite, Louisiana, July 1, 2020. Age 32.
  22. Marilyn Cazares – Brawley, California, July 13, 2020. Age 22.
  23. Tatiana Hall – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, approx June 29, 2020. Age 22.
  24. Queasha Hardy – Baton Rouge, Louisiana, July 27, 2020. Age 24.
  25. Tiffany Harris – Bronx, New York, July 26, 2020. Age 32.
  26. Aja Raquell Rhone-Spears – Portland, Oregon, July 28, 2020. Age 32.
  27. Aerrion Burnett – Independence, Missouri, September 19, 2020. Age 37.
  28. Mia Green – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 28, 2020. Age 29.
  29. Michelle Ramos Vargas – Puerto Rico, September 30, 2020. Age 33.
  30. Kee Sam – Lafayette, Louisiana, August 12, 2020. Age 24.
  31. Felycya Harris – Augusta, Georgia, October 3, 2020. Age 32.
  32. Brooklyn DeShauna Smith – Shreveport, Louisiana, October 7, 2020. Age 20.
  33. Sara Blackwood – Indianapolis, Indiana, October 11, 2020. Age 39.
  34. Angel Haynes – Memphis, Tennessee, October 25, 2020. Age 25.
  35. Lea Rayshone Daye – Cleveland, Ohio, August 30, 2020. Age 28.
  36. Scott DeVore, also known as Scottlynn Kelly DeVore – Augusta, Georgia, March 31, 2020. Age 51
  37. Yunieski Carey Herrera – Miami, November 17, 2020. Age 39.
  38. Asia Jynaé Foster – Houston, Texas, November 20, 2020. Age 22.
  39. Chae’Meshia Simms – Richmond, Texas, November 23, 2020. Age: 39.
  40. Skylar Heath – Miami, Florida, November 4, 2020. Age 20.
  41. Kimberly Fial – San Jose, California, November 22, 2020. Age 55.
  42. Bella Pugh – Prichard, Alabama, December 13, 2020. Age 19.
  43. Eshay Key – Chicago, Illinois, December 25, 2020. Age 25.
  44. Alexandria Winchester – Bronx, New York, December 26, 2020. Age 20-24.

We are also monitoring these suspicious deaths

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