Earlier this week, Derricka Banner, 26, was shot and killed in a vehicle around 3 a.m. Tuesday morning in northwest Charlotte, NC as reported by the Charlotte Observer and Qnotes.
Banner is the 20th known transgender person murdered this year in the United States, a majority of the victims are transgender women of color. most trans women of color, and the city’s 64th homicide of the year.
Montavious Sanchez Berry, 18, was arrested late Tuesday and is being charged with murder, armed robbery and shooting into an occupied vehicle, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said in a statement.
The murder falls right before Charlotte is set to host NC Trans Pride this weekend.
The other trans people killed this year is as follows (in order of their passing): Mesha Caldwell, Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow, Jojo Striker, Tiara Lashaytheboss Richmond, Jaquarrius Holland, Chyna Doll Dupree, Ciara McElveen, Alphonza Watson, Chayviss Reed, Kenneth Bostick, the aforementioned Faulkner, Kenne McFadden, Josie Berrios, Ava Le’Ray Barrin, Ebony Morgan, TeeTee Dangerfield, Gwynevere River Song, Kiwi Herring, and Kashmire Redd.