A transgender woman has been shot to death in Virginia becoming the 15th transgender person to be killed in the United States this year.
28-year-old Ebony Morgan was shot multiple times in the early hours of Sunday morning.
She was found alive in Lynchburg and transported to the hospital, but was soon pronounced dead.
Police are currently investigating whether the shooting was a hate crime.
Lynchburg Police Sgt. Bryan Williams said that there was no “indication one way or another” what the motivation was.
A vigil was held for Morgan at the Lynchburg Diversity Centre.
Issac Zralii, the deputy executive director of the centre and founder of the Lynchburg Transgender Alliance said that the community was “trying to be very compassionate for the family in their time of need”.
Andi Miller, the Executive Director of the centre added that she hoped Morgan would not be misgendered by authorities or local media as some mainstream outlets had used her birth name.
Miller said: “Victims become doubly victimized when they’re not identified correctly by their name choice and the gender pronouns they use with their friends and family.
“This is not really so much an issue with the police, [as] making sure we are respecting the victim.”