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James Oliver Huberty opens fire in a crowded McDonald’s restaurant in San Ysidro, California, killing 21 people and wounding 19 others with several semi-automatic weapons. Minutes earlier, Huberty had left home, telling his wife, “I’m going hunting…hunting for humans.”

Huberty, who had a history of mental problems, lost his job in Ohio the previous year. He brought his family to San Diego and worked as a security guard until he was fired again, a month before the shootings. His wife claimed that Huberty called a mental health clinic to make an appointment for counseling but was never called back. Huberty had a love affair with guns, keeping a small arsenal in his bedroom. Neighbors described him as very angry.

Bringing several of these guns into the McDonald’s two miles from the Mexican border, Huberty demanded that the 45 patrons get on the floor. He then walked around the restaurant, calmly shooting people. He killed 20 in the first ten minutes, including four who tried to escape. There were so many shots fired that the police first assumed that there was more than one gunman inside. Firing at a fire truck that responded to the scene, Huberty also grazed one firefighter with a bullet.

An hour after the shooting began, an employee managed to escape through the basement and inform the SWAT team that Huberty was alone and without hostages. With this information, sharpshooters were told to “take him out.” A marksman sent a shot through Huberty’s chest and killed him. After making sure that he was dead, police finally entered the restaurant. San Diego Police Chief William Kolender said, “I hope to God I never see such a thing again.”

Twenty-one people are shot to death at McDonald’s - Jul 18, 1984 -

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James Oliver Huberty opens fire in a crowded McDonald’s restaurant in San Ysidro, California, killing 21 people and wounding 19 others with several automatic weapons. Minutes earlier, Huberty had left home, telling his wife, “I’m going hunting… hunting for humans.”

Huberty, who had a history of mental problems, lost his job in Ohio the previous year. He brought his family to San Diego and worked as a security guard until he was fired again, a month before the shootings. His wife claimed that Huberty called a mental health clinic to make an appointment for counseling but was never called back. Huberty had a love affair with guns, keeping a small arsenal in his bedroom. Neighbors described him as very angry.

Bringing several of these guns, including a 9mm automatic pistol and semiautomatic rifle, into the McDonald’s two miles from the Mexican border, Huberty demanded that the 45 patrons get on the floor. He then walked around the restaurant, calmly shooting people. He killed 20 in the first ten minutes, including four who tried to escape. There were so many shots fired that the police first assumed that there was more than one gunman inside. Firing at a fire truck that responded to the scene, Huberty also grazed one firefighter with a bullet.

An hour after the shooting began, an employee managed to escape through the basement and inform the SWAT team that Huberty was alone and without hostages. With this information, sharpshooters were told to “take him out.” A marksman sent a shot through Huberty’s chest and killed him. After making sure that he was dead, police finally entered the restaurant. San Diego Police Chief William Kolender said, “I hope to God I never see such a thing again.”

13 deadliest shootings in modern U.S. history

Oct. 2 (UPI) -- With at least 50 dead, the shooting at a Las Vegas concert on Sunday qualifies as the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

The FBI defines a mass killing as an attack in which three or more people are killed in a public space.

The worst in United States history have involved guns. Here are some of the deadliest in recent years.

Pulse nightclub, Orlando, Fla.

Forty-nine people were killed and 58 injured when a lone gunman opened fire in a crowded gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., on June 12, 2016. The lone gunman, Omar Mateen, 29, was killed by police at the club. At the time of the shooting, Mateen pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.

Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, Va.

On April 16, 2007, student Seung Hui Cho, 23, shot and killed 32 people before killing himself at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Va. Seung, who was carrying two handguns, had a history of psychological problems.

Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, Conn.

Adam Lanza, 20, shot at killed 20 students and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., before killing himself on Dec. 14, 2012.

Luby's restaurant, Kileen, Texas

This Oct. 16, 1991, shooting remained for many years as the deadliest shooting in U.S. history. George Hennard, 35, shot 23 people dead before killing himself. Several witnesses said Hennard passed over multiple men in the restaurant to shoot women.

McDonald's restaurant, San Diego, Calif.

Twenty-one people -- including several children -- were shot dead by gunman James Huberty on July 18, 2984, in a suburb of San Diego. Hubert remained inside the restaurant for more than an hour before a police sniper shot him dead. Hubert had just lost his job and suffered from psychological illness.

University of Texas tower, Austin, Texas

Marine sharpshooter Charles Joseph Whitman perched himself atop the Main Building tower at the university and opened fire, killing 16 people on Aug. 1, 1966. A police officer ultimately climbed the tower and shot Whitman. An autopsy found a small tumor on his brain.

U.S. Post Office, Edmunds, Okla.

Part-time mail carrier Patrick Sherill shot 14 postal workers on Aug. 20, 1986, before he killed himself. The attack is largely credited with helping create the term, "going postal."

Inland Regional Center, San Bernardino, Calif.

Fourteen people died and 22 were injured on Dec. 2, 2015, when Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik opened fire at a holiday party at the San Bernardino County, Calif., Department of Health, where Farook worked. He earlier pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.

Military base, Fort Hood, Texas

U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Hassan Hasan shot 13 people to death on Nov. 5, 2009, at the Fort Hood military base in Texas. He was convicted and sentenced to death.

Washington Naval Yard, Washington, D.C.

Aaron Alexis, 34, killed 12 people and injured three others in a rampage on Sept. 16, 2013 at the Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, D.C. Police shot him to death.

Movie theater shooting, Aurora, Colo.

James Holmes received 12 life sentences and 3,318 years in prison without parole for killing 12 people in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater on July 20, 2012.

Andrew Brown Jr. shot 5 times, including once in back of head, autopsy shows

April 27 (UPI) -- Attorneys said Tuesday a private autopsy for Andrew Brown Jr., who was killed Wednesday, shows he was shot five times, including once in back of the head.

Brown, a 42-year-old Black North Carolina man, died during an attempted arrest Wednesday in Elizabeth City, N.C., according to Pasquotank County sheriff's deputies.

Brent Hall, a forensic pathologist the family commissioned, found that Brown was shot five times, including four times in the right arm and once in the back of his head, NBC News reported.

The shot to the back of his head was fatal, the family attorneys said at a Tuesday morning news conference outside the public safety building downtown in Elizabeth City.

Pasquotank County sheriff's deputies fired a "kill shot to the back of the head," attorneys said at the news conference.

The family of Brown said Friday that body-worn camera footage released to them showed he was not resisting arrest.

Brown's hands were on the steering wheel of his car when he was shot to death Wednesday while sitting in a car in his driveway, family members said.

"Yesterday, I said he was executed," Brown's son, Khalil Ferebee, said before a crowd of more than 100 people at the news conference Tuesday. "This autopsy report showed me that was correct."

On Tuesday, the FBI also opened a federal civil rights investigation into Brown's death amid the local and state NAACP chapters and other civil rights organizations demanding answers and protests over racism and disproportionate police brutality and killing of Black and Brown people compared to White people.

Sheriff Tommy Wooten and Chief Deputy Daniel Fogg said in a video statement last Thursday the death of Brown was "tragic," and expressed prayers for the family, amid demands for accountability.

Brown was shot by deputies who were attempting to serve an arrest warrant for felony drug charges Wednesday, according to the video statement. The deputies involved have been put on administrative leave, Wooten said in the statement.

Brown had a "history of resisting arrest," Fogg said. "Our training and our policies indicate that under such circumstances, there is a high risk of danger."

'77 Minutes' Examines 1984 McDonald's Massacre

A film examining the deadly massacre at a San Ysidro McDonald’s will debut in San Diego next month.

Twenty-one people were killed and 19 others were injured on July 18, 1984 - in what was, for a time, the deadliest mass shooting in the United States.

Charlie Minn, a noted documentary filmmaker based in New York, has been working on a chilling account of that day in San Ysidro, entitled "77 Minutes."


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The film's title refers to the often criticized time it took for SWAT to take down the shooter.

“This was a mad man,” Minn said on Sunday's Politically Speaking with Gene Cubbison. “He shot babies, he shot children, he shot pregnant women.”

The film includes rare and disturbing crime scene footage from inside the restaurant.

"I think the public needs to see how truly bad this was to start a movement that we just cannot be having these things anymore," Minn said.

He also interviewed victims and law enforcement officers including former San Diego Chief of Police Jerry Sanders.

“The victims to this day are furious that it took 77 minutes,” Minn said.

Sanders talks about the challenges faced by law enforcement ranging from the sun glare on the windows to a malfunctioning pager.

By eliminating any mention of the shooter in the film or the promotion, the director hopes to inspire other media to follow his example when it comes to coverage of future shootings.

The film opens at the Ultrastar Mission Valley on Sept. 23. Minn said he's looking for a place to screen the movie in San Ysidro.

He plans to donate part of the proceeds to funds of fallen Officer Jonathan “JD” DeGuzman and his wounded partner Officer Wade Irwin. The two officers were gunned down in July while patrolling the Southcrest section of San Diego.

The deaths experienced by trans people has served as an impetus to the establishment of the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR). [ citation needed ]

In 2020, ABC News "independently confirmed 34 violent deaths of transgender and gender non-conforming people in 2020 at the time of publication." This was published by Good Morning America. [1]

  • 1988 – Venus Xtravaganza was strangled to death in New York City on 21 December. Her body was found four days later, shoved under a hotel bed. [2]
  • 1989 – Carla Leigh Salazar was found stabbed to death in her apartment in California. [3] In 2014, Douglas Gutridge was charged with murder on the basis of DNA evidence he pleaded not guilty, and died in 2016 before the case came to trial. [3][4][5]
  • 1991 – Sonia Rescalvo Zafra, a 45-year-old transgender woman, was killed in the Parc de la Ciutadella by six neo-Nazi skinheads who kicked her and her friend Dori repeatedly in the head while they were lying on the floor. Her death spurred the LGBT community to publicly fight against violence. [6][7]
  • 1993 – Brandon Teena, a 21-year-old transgender man, was raped and murdered in Falls City, Nebraska on 31 December. [8] Two men were convicted of first-degree murder in the incident. The crime became the subject of the Academy Award-winning film Boys Don't Cry. [8]
  • Amanda Milan, a 25-year-old trans woman, was walking by Times Square, Manhattan, New York City, when Dwayne McCuller walked up and began to harass and threaten her. [9] Milan stood up to him and asked him if he wanted to fight. [10] Witnesses said he declined. [9] As he walked away, another young man, Eugene Celestine, told McCuller he had a knife. McCuller grabbed it, and stabbed Milan in the neck. [10] A man named David Anderson reportedly helped McCuller escape from the scene. [9] Milan died soon after at St. Vincent's Hospital. [9] Transgender activist Sylvia Rivera worked towards seeing that Milan's death was investigated and organized Milan's political funeral along with demonstrations claiming a disconnection of transgender rights from the larger LGBT communities. [11] After Milan's murder, Rivera reformed a transgender activist group, Street Trans Activist Revolutionaries (STAR). [12] Rivera cited the crime among the reasons to add a broad definition of gender to the New York City Human Rights Law. [13]
  • Gwen Araujo of Newark, California (died October 2002), a Hispanic teenage trans woman, was killed by four men, two of whom she had had sexual relations with, who beat and strangled her after discovering she was transgender. [14][15][16] Two defendants were convicted of second-degree murder, [17] but not convicted on the requested hate crime enhancements. The other two defendants pleaded guilty or no contest to voluntary manslaughter. In at least one of the trials, a trans panic defense – an extension of the gay panic defense – was employed. [17][18]
  • Nireah Johnson was a 17 year old African American trans woman who was murdered along with friend Brandie Coleman in Indianapolis, Indiana by Paul Moore, who was initially sexually attracted to Johnson and then discovered that she was transgender so he lit her car on fire while she was with Coleman inside. [19]
  • Janice Roberts was an American transgender woman who was kidnapped by serial killer William Devin Howell on 18 June. Howell later told an informant that he tried to engage Roberts in a sexual act, and strangled her when he realized that she was transgender. [20]
  • Shelby Tracy Tom was a Canadian transgender woman working as a sex worker in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, who was killed by Jatin Patel on 27 May 2003. [21] According to Patel, while having sex with her he noticed her surgery scars and he panicked as a result and strangled her. The prosecutor attempted to classify her death as a hate crime, but Supreme Court of British Columbia Justice Patrick Dohm ruled that the crime was not motivated by hate because he did not know of her transgender identity when meeting her and thus could have not targeted her for it. [22] Patel's defense attorney used a gay panic defense as part of his defense of Patel, who pleaded guilty to a charge of manslaughter and was sentenced to nine years in jail. [23]
  • Gisberta Salce Júnior, a Brazilian transgender woman, was murdered in Oporto, Portugal, by a group of 14 youths between 12 and 16 years old, who tortured and raped her for three days, and finally threw her, still alive, into a well over 15 meters deep, where she drowned. Eleven of the minors received minimal sentences of under 13 months in a semi-open education center of the Instituto de Reinserção Social, and two received sentences of additional education. [24][25] Her death became a symbol of violence against women and the LGBT community, and shortly after laws protecting trans women were introduced in Portugal. [26]
  • Roberto, a transgender man, was killed by two women that had found refuge in his apartment, in Madrid, Spain. Both women had been mistreating Roberto physically and psychologically for a year, before they killed him on 29 August 2007 with a brutal hit on the head. Both women were condemned to 19 years of prison. [27][28][29]
  • Latisha King was shot twice in the back of the head in a class at a computer lab on February 12, 2008, at E. O. Green Junior High School in Port Hueneme, California. She had made romantic advances towards Brandon McInerney who was often teased as a result of her fixation with him. Prior to killing her, he had previously requested help in beating her up, but nobody showed interest. [citation needed]
  • Angie Zapata was a trans woman murdered on 17 July 2008, in Greeley, Colorado. Her death was the first case involving a transgender victim to be ruled a hate crime. [30] Colorado is one of eleven states that protect transgender victims under hate crime laws in the United States. Allen Andrade, who learned eighteen-year-old Angie was transgender after meeting her and spending several days with her, beat her to death with a fire extinguisher. In his arrest affidavit, Andrade called Zapata "it", [31] and during his trial a tape was played of a phone conversation in which he told his girlfriend "gay things need to die". [32] Andrade's attorneys used a gay panic defense. On 22 April 2009, Andrade was found guilty of first degree murder, hate crimes, and car/ID theft. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. [33]
  • Lateisha "Tiesh" Green was shot and killed on 14 November 2008 outside a house party in Syracuse, New York. Convicted of Onondaga County's first hate-crime homicide, Dwight R. DeLee, was motivated by anti-LGBT bias and his belief that Green was gay. [34]
  • Simmie Lewis Williams Jr., a 17 year old black gay man, was fatally shot on 22 February 2008 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. He was wearing women's clothing at the time of his death. [35][36]
  • Victoria Carmen White, a black trans woman, was murdered on September 12, 2010. Alrashim Chambers was brought to trial for her death, but he was acquitted he blamed another man, Marquise Foster, for the murder. The only motive suggested was transphobic violence "You a dude?" was heard by White's friends (who were in an adjacent room) shortly before gunshots were fired. [37]
  • Dee Dee Pearson, a black transgender woman, was murdered on 24 December 2011. Kenyon Jones confessed to the murder, telling police that he had paid Pierson for sex and when he found out she was transgender, he killed her in anger. [38][39] He was charged with second degree murder and armed criminal action and was sentenced to 30 years in jail. [40]
  • Svetlana, a trans woman from Moscow, Russia. She was beaten to death with a shovel by two persons, who had intended to have sex with her. It is suggested that after they learned she was transgender they were motivated to kill her. [41]
  • Rita, a woman (thought to be a trans woman by the killer) from Umeå, Sweden. She was beheaded with two knives by a man with homophobia at an after party in his own home. [42]
  • Carmen Guerrero, a trans woman who was killed by her cellmate, Miguel Crespo, at Kern Valley State Prison in California's Central Valley. [45]
  • Evon Young, a black trans man who went missing on 2 January, was later found tortured and murdered. A friend claimed five men were responsible. [46]
  • Islan Nettles, a 21-year-old black trans woman, was beaten to death in Harlem, New York, on 17 August after a group of at least seven men accosted her and two of her transgender friends. [47] One of the men, James Dixon, had been flirting with her. After he realized she was transgender, he struck her. After falling down, Dixon proceeded to beat her. She died of head injuries in hospital. Her death prompted a number of protests. On 21 April 2016, Dixon was sentenced 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter. [48][49]
  • Dwayne Jones, a Jamaican 16-year-old, was beaten, stabbed, and run over by a car in Montego Bay on 22 July 2013 after attending a party in women's clothing for the first time. [50][51]


  • Kimberly Sody, a transgender woman, was beaten to death on 31 October in the Dominican Republic. Her killer was sentenced to 20 years in prison. [52][53][54]


  • Çağla Joker was fatally shot in Istanbul on 21 April, while another trans woman survived. [52]
  • Mahadevi, a 22-year-old disabled trans woman, was pushed off a moving train in Bangalore, India on 24 September. [52]
  • Keeta Bakhsh died following a police beating on 23 October in Bahawalpur, Pakistan, that occurred while police raided her house. Police originally claimed her injuries were due to jumping from a moving police van but have since suspended the raid leader. [52]
  • Sabi Beriani was killed at her home in Georgia, on 10 November by Levan Kochlashvili. She had beaten another trans woman, Bianka Shigurova, that day. [55]

North America

  • Aniya Parker, a black trans woman, was murdered on 3 October in Los Angeles during what police considered a robbery gone wrong, though the attackers did not take her purse and advocates believe she was targeted due to being transgender. [52]
  • Jennifer Laude was murdered in Olongapo, Philippines, on 11 October. Joseph Scott Pemberton was convicted of the murder. [56] Pemberton reportedly killed her after discovering she was a pre-operative transsexual. [57]
  • Mary Jo Añonuevo was strangled and stabbed 33 times in the bar she owned in Lucena City, Philippines, on 22 October. [58]

South America

  • Marcela Duque was stoned to death by a group of attackers on 9 September in Medellín, Colombia. [52]
  • Pamela Moreno a 24-year-old transgender woman, was struck by a vehicle and killed during an altercation and robbery in La Banda, Argentina on 3 December. A police officer with a history with Moreno was charged in her murder. [59]

North America

  • Ty Underwood, a black transgender woman from Tyler, Texas, was found in her car, dead from three gunshot wounds, on 26 January. A roommate stated that Underwood may have been targeted because she was a transgender woman. Carlton Champion, a Texas College student who was involved in a relationship with Underwood and afraid of friends finding out about the relationship, was arrested, tried, and convicted of her murder. [60]
  • Brian Golec, a transgender woman, was stabbed to death by her father, Kevin Golec, on 13 February 2015. [61][62] Golec was a 22-year-old living with her father. She had previously identified as a trans woman, but returned to living as a man in the year preceding her death. [62] Her father called 911 after the stabbing, claiming that "the cult" had broken in and stabbed his daughter. The cult he referred to is believed to be a local trans support group. Police determined that no one had broken in. Kevin Golec was charged with murder and felony domestic violence. [63] In August 2015 he pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years. [62]

South America

  • Fernanda "Coty" Olmos, aged 59, of Santa Fe, Argentina, was found in her Alfonso home stabbed and shot to death on 25 September 2015. Area neighbors and media believe "the brutality of the murder suggests that this is a transphobic crime, a femicide against a transgender woman". Olmos had done "charitable work during the dramatic floods" that hit Sante Fe in 2003. [64]
  • Diana Sacayán, aged 40, of Flores, Buenos Aires, Argentina. [65] Sacayán was a prominent transgender activist who served on the board of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association and was a leader of Argentina's Antidiscrimination Liberation Movement. [66] She was found in her apartment on 13 October with multiple stab wounds. Her death is being investigated as a hate crime. [66]
  • Alisha, a 23-year-old transgender activist, was shot seven times and died 25 May in the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan. Hospital staff spent over an hour determining whether to place Alisha in a male or female patient ward. Fellow transgender activists reported being taunted as they waited for Alisha outside the emergency room. [67]
  • Hande Kader, a 22-year-old transgender woman, was raped, murdered, and then burned in Istanbul, Turkey. Her body was found on 12 August. Kader worked as a sex worker and was last seen getting in a client's car. She was also a prominent activist in the LGBT community of Turkey and had appeared in LGBT rights events in the country, including a 2015 Gay Pride event in Istanbul that was cracked down on by police. [68][69]


  • William Lound, a 30-year-old gender non-conforming person from England, suffered multiple stab wounds and died on 8 February at the University of Salford, where they had been a student. [70][71]
  • Raina Aliev, a 25-year-old Muslim transgender woman, was killed and disfigured just after marrying a man in Russia. She was originally from Chechnya and her family had called for her execution. [72][73] A "purman" had been issued prior to her death. Her killer's identity is unknown.

North America


  • Paola Ledesma, a 27-year-old trans woman who was rejected by her family and left her birthplace to become a sex worker in Mexico City, was shot on 30 September by client Arturo Felipe Delgadillo Olvera, who became angry after he found out that she was transgender. Delgadillo, an armed security guard, was released after a judge determined that there was insufficient evidence to conclude. [74]

United States

  • Rae'Lynn Thomas, a 28-year-old black trans woman, was shot twice in front of her mother, and then beaten to death by James Allen Byrd in Columbus, Ohio, on 10 August, as she begged for her life. [75][76] Byrd called her "the devil" and made transphobic comments. [75][76][77] Her family called for the murder to be investigated as a hate crime, but Ohio hate crime statutes do not cover gender identity. [75][76]

South America


  • Jessica Mendes Cavalcanti, 24-year-old trans woman, was surrounded by two young men and fatally stabbed to death in the Canaa neighborhood of Uberlandia on 19 April. One of the suspects who was apprehended by police confessed that they had committed the crime because Cavalcanti was transgender. [78]
  • Laysa Fortuna, a 25-year-old trans woman, was stabbed in the chest, in Aracaju, Sergipe, on 18 October 2018. The aggressor said that if Bolsonaro was elected president, all trans people and transvestites would be killed. [79] Bolsonaro did not comment.
  • Amna, 35 years old, and Meeno, 26 years old, both Khwaja Sara Pakistanis, were allegedly beaten to death and tortured by Saudi police in Riyadh 28 February. Their clothing and jewelry was also confiscated by the police. [80]
  • Chanda Sharmeeli, a 30-year-old trans woman, was shot dead in Karachi, Pakistan, sometime on 30 August or early morning 31 August. She had been with a gathering of other trans people discussing what they believed to be a recent under-counting of Pakistan's trans community when a gang of armed men began harassing them and eventually shot Chanda. [81]


  • Bianca, a 32-year-old trans sex worker from Caracas (Venezuela), was beaten to death by a 29-year-old client "who was shocked by her masculine features". [82] The incident took place in her house in Arnhem (The Netherlands) on 29 September 2017. [83]

North America


  • Hilario López Ruiz, a 26-year-old described in a local news report as a travesti, was found dead on 15 August, in a wastewater drainage hole in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. The news report stated that López was beaten to death by a client who perceived López as a homosexual man. [84]

South America


  • Dandara dos Santos, a 42-year-old Brazilian trans woman, was tortured and shot in the face in Bom Jardim, a neighborhood of Fortaleza, on 15 February. The incident was filmed and published, which helped apprehend at least five men who attacked her. [85]
  • Wilka, a 40-year-old Brazilian trans woman, was attacked and killed on 26 March in Pernambuco, in the southern state of Loteamento Luiz Gonzaga. She suffered three stab wounds. According to a friend she was murdered when someone realized that she was transgender whilst attempting to rob her. [86][87]


  • Following a false rumor that transgender women were kidnapping children for sex trafficking in Hyderabad, four transgender women were attacked by a mob on 26 May 2018. One of the women died. Local police issued an "Appeal to Public" saying that the rumors of criminal involvement by transgender women were "fake" and that the public should not "take law into your hands. so that innocents won't become a victim of those rumors anymore." [88]

North America


  • Nataly Briyth Sánchez, an undocumented sex worker originally from Honduras, was murdered during a sexual encounter on 19 June in Tapachula. The client stabbed her to death after discovering that she was transgender. [89]
  • Alaska Contreras Ponce, 25, a transgender beauty queen and sex worker, was found dead on July 25 with her neck sliced by barbed wire after torture in Martinez de la Torre. [90]
  • Jhoana Hernandez, a transgender woman, feminist activist and sex worker, was kidnapped, tortured and then killed in Xalapa, Veracruz, 24 September. [91]

United States

  • Kelly Stough, 36, a Black trans woman, was murdered in Palmer Park, Detroit in December. Albert Weathers, 46, a preacher, has been charged with her murder and prosecutors claim her gender identity was a motivator. [92]


  • Nina Surgutskaya, 25, was killed by her boyfriend Mikhail Tikhonov, a doctor, in Kursk, western Russia. [93][94]

North America

United States

In 2019, the American Medical Association called the violence against trans people an "epidemic". [95] [96] [97]

  • Muhlaysia Booker, 23, a Black trans woman, was found shot and killed after a 6:40 am shooting report call, Saturday, 18 May, Dallas, Texas, at Tenison Park Golf Course. The shooting came just over a month since a nationally viral video showed Booker being publicly beaten and called slurs on 12 April. [98][99][100] Less than a month before her death, she spoke publicly saying, "This time, I can stand before you whereas in other scenarios, we're at a memorial." [101] On June 5, 2019, a suspect was arrested by the Dallas police and charged with three counts of murder, including the murder of Muhlaysia Booker. [102]
  • Kiki Fantroy, 21, a Black trans woman, was shot and killed in southwest Miami-Dade County, Florida, in the early morning of Wednesday, 31 July near an abandoned house. Miami Police claimed the murder resulted from an argument and not a transgender hate crime, however Fantroy's mother, whom she lived with, and others who knew her disagreed. Fantroy was reportedly headed home from a party with a group when a teenage male, 17, approached her and propositioned her for sex, which she declined, after which he began shooting at another member of the group. Fantroy ran, pursued by the young man, who then opened fire and murdered her. On 5 August, the suspect was arrested in connection with an unrelated case, and admitted to the murder in police custody. He has been charged with second degree murder and attempted murder. [103][104] On 31 July, Elizabeth Warren spoke out about her death along with the death of Denali Stuckey. [105]
  • Bee Love Slater, 23, a Black trans woman, was found immolated inside her car Wednesday, 4 September in Clewiston, Florida. Arriving on the scene in the early morning, officials state the body was unrecognizable. However, family and friends identified her from the location and car, which was confirmed on 6 September by police in a report which deadnamed the victim. No motive or lead has been determined at this time. Those close to the victim have stated they suspect her murder was likely due to her trans status. [106][107][108]
  • Nikki Kuhnhausen, 17, a White trans woman, was murdered by David Y. Bogdanov. [109][110] Her body was identified from decayed human remains on Saturday, 7 December in the Larch Mountain area near Vancouver, Washington. Authorities were able to identify the body as Kuhnhausen from personal effects subsequent examination showed she died from strangulation. Kuhnhausen had previously been missing since 5 June (reported 10 June) when she left with David Y. Bogdanov, a 25-year-old male, who has since been charged with second degree murder. Authorities believe the suspect, looking for a sexual encounter, became enraged upon learning of her transgender status. On 26 February 2020, the Washington State Legislature passed the Nikki Kuhnhausen Act, outlawing the use of panic defenses based on gender and sexual identities. The Act preempts the trial of Kuhnhausen's alleged killer and thus prevents the use of that defense. [111][112][113]


  • Carly VG, a transgender woman and sex worker, was stabbed to death by a group of people in the downtown of Oaxaca on 15 July. [114]
  • La Becky, a 52-year-old transgender woman who owned the local gay bar La Esquina del Chacal, was killed in the Minatitlán shooting on 19 April. Three armed men broke into a family gathering and murdered 14 people, including La Becky. [115]
  • Jesusa Fidel Ventura Reyes, better known to her friends as Chucha, was a 25-year-old trans woman who was killed in the Mexican State of Veracruz. She went missing on the night of May 17, and her family contacted local police 24 hours after her disappearance. Local authorities found her severed head in a cooler in front of the town hall. Her body was found discarded in a street elsewhere in the city. Witnesses report seeing a group of armed men leaving the cooler outside the town hall. Reyes' family first identified her on Sunday, 19 May and claimed her body on 20 May. [116][117]
  • Brayan Sánchez Zárate, better known as Britany, was a 20-year old trans woman killed in the city of Misantla in Veracruz. On 26 May, she was shot by two men with .38 calibers on the city's local football field. Sánchez Zárate had been previously crowned "Gay Princess 2019" on Misantla's annual LGBT carnival. [118]

Puerto Rico

  • Alexa Luciano Ruiz was fatally shot in Puerto Rico on 24 February, after an incident in a local restroom. [119][120]Carmen Yulín Cruz called attention to her death before the 2020 Puerto Rico gubernatorial election. Ms. Luciano was killed while the assailant men laughed. [121]
  • Serena Angelique Velázquez, 32, and Layla Pelaez, 21, both transgender women, were found burned to death on 22 April in Humacao, Puerto Rico. [122][123]
  • Yampi Mendez Arocho, a 19-year-old trans man, was assaulted five hours before his death and later shot and killed on 5 March in Moca, Puerto Rico. [124]
  • Penélope Díaz Ramírez, a 31-year-old trans woman, was beaten and hanged to death at the Bayamon correctional complex, a men's prison on 13 April in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. [125]
  • Michelle Michellyn Ramos Vargas, a 33 year old trans woman, was found dead on an isolated road after being shot multiple times on 30 September in San German, Puerto Rico. She worked as a bartender and was studying to become a nurse. [126]

United States

According to the Human Rights Campaign, as of July 2020 at least 26 transgender people have been killed, surpassing the total from 2019. [127] [128]


In 2014, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reported that 20.8% of hate crimes reported to police in 2013 was founded on perceived sexual orientation. Sixty-one percent of those attacks were against gay men. [7] Additionally, 0.5% of all hate crimes were based on perceived gender identity. In 2004, the FBI reported that 14% of hate crimes due to perceived sexual orientation were against lesbians, 2% against heterosexuals and 1% against bisexuals. [8]

The FBI reported that for 2006, hate crimes against gay people increased from 14% to 16% in 2005, as percentage of total documented hate crimes across the U.S. [9] The 2006 annual report, released on November 19, 2007, also said that hate crimes based on sexual orientation are the third most common type, behind race and religion. [9] In 2008, 17.6% of hate crimes were based on the victim's perceived sexual orientation. Of those crimes, 72.23% were violent in nature. 4,704 crimes were committed due to racial bias and 1,617 were committed due to sexual orientation. Of these, only one murder and one forcible rape were committed due to racial bias, whereas five murders and six rapes were committed based on sexual orientation. [10]

Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney (DDA) Jay Boyarsky attributed a surge in anti-gay hate crimes, from 3 in 2007 to 14 in 2008, to controversy over Proposition 8. However, the DDA cautioned against reading too much from small statistical samples, pointing out that the vast majority of hate incidents do not get referred to the District Attorney's office. [11]

In 2011, the FBI reported 1,572 hate crime victims targeted based on a sexual orientation bias, making up 20.4% of the total hate crimes for that year. Of the total victims, 56.7% were targeted based on anti-male homosexual bias, 29.6% were targeted based on anti-homosexual bias, and 11.1% were targeted based on anti-female homosexual bias. [12]

The United States, however, does not require a mandatory report on hate crimes, meaning the FBI data gathered over the years is not an accurate representation of the correct number of hate crimes against LGBT Americans. Community-based anti-violence organizations are extremely valuable when reporting hate crimes.

In recent years LGBT violence has been on the rise in the United States. The biggest act of violence occurred in Orlando when Omar Mateen attacked the Pulse nightclub in the city killing 49 and wounding 53 others. [13] This was not only the biggest attack on LGBT people but one of the biggest mass shootings in the United States history. By June 2018, the FBI had declined to classify the incident as an anti-gay hate crime, as evidence suggested that Mateen had scouted several different targets before choosing Pulse and that he did not know it was a gay nightclub. [14] There were also 28 Americans who identified as LGBT and were killed in 2016 alone. All of these crimes are considered hate crimes and the United States has passed some legislation on this front. In the late 1990s, the [1] Hate Crime Statistics Act (P.L. 101-275) was passed. This was passed in order to try to prevent further hate crimes and come up with a punishment for people who do commit them. While this act was passed local police officers often have no training or way to tell if it was a hate crime based on sexual preference or a different cause. There has also been no way hate crime legislation passed for just sexual preference.

Shelters and organizations may provide safety for victims, or potential victims, of violence. Lambda Legal has published a list of resources in all 50 states that may be useful for LGBT members seeking help or protection. [15] Organizations such as the True Colors Fund and the Human Rights Campaign are safe spaces for the homeless LGBT youth to gain healthcare, housing, and education. [16] [17] Violent acts, including domestic and sexual abuse, towards the LGBT community, may lead to depression, PTSD, suicidal behaviors, or trauma. [18] The organizations located throughout the United States could provide safety and care for these individuals.

Haunting Photos of People in Their Final Moments Before Death

These photos depict people in their final moments or hours before death. They are all incredibly tragic.

Archduke Franz Ferdinand with his wife on the day they were assassinated by Gavrilo Princip on June 28, 1914.

This assassination is often cited as one of the major precursors that led to World War I.

A bullfighter moments before being killed by a bull.

Spanish bullfighter Victor Barrio, 29, was killed on live television when he was gored by a bull named Lorenzo during a bullfight.

A volcanologist studying Mount St. Helens 13 hours before the volcano's blast killed him.

David Johnson was a 31 year old volcanologist who was the first to report the eruption of Mount St Helens in Washington in 1980. He was killed shortly after reporting the eruption despite being 6 miles away from the volcano. He was hit by a lateral blast, when a volcano erupts from it's side rather that it's summit.

Journalist Kim Wall boards the submarine of Peter Madsen. Madsen would later kill and dismember Wall on board the submarine.

Wall was writing a story about the submarine Madsen had built. During a journey together, Madsen murdered Wall, dismembered her, and sank her body parts at sea before being rescued from his sinking sub, which authorities believe he purposely sank.

Kris Kremers and Lisanne Froon took this selfie while on a hike in Panama from which they never returned.

The two Dutch tourists were visiting Panama and were supposed to go on a hike in the jungle with a tour guide, but for some reason, the girls decided to go by themselves a day early. They never returned from the hike. A backpack containing their clothes, a passport, their cell phones, and a camera was recovered several weeks after they disappeared.

The camera contained 90 disturbing shots taken in the middle of the night.

Most of them were just black, but among the photos there was one of the girls' belongings spread out on a rock, a strange piece of fabric or paper hung from a tree, and a photo of one of the back of one of the girls' head with what appeared to be blood. Even more disturbing, the girls' cell phones showed that they tried to call emergency services for 11 days before their cell phones ran out of batteries. Some of their bones were eventually discovered in the jungle, but nobody knows what happened to the girls or how they died.

This is the last picture of a young man who killed his father, then tragically turned the gun on himself.

Reddit user Observer_ says, "TV was such a silly guy. We played Football together, and he was a core part of the squad. After football practice on Fridays, the squad would get together and head to Pleasure Island. While the rest of us were trying to pick up chicks, he was playing incredible pranks, and just being a mischievous bastard. It always amazed me how he could cross the line so many times, and never face trouble. He always appeared joyful and would be the last person I would suspect to take his own life. It's been years, but I still randomly think of that tricky son of bitch photo bombing people, pulling the pants of roided up guys, and leading gay guys on for the kicks. Miss you TV."

Two friends posted this selfie on Facebook. Later that night the girl on the left strangled her friend with the belt she is wearing in the photo.

Cheyenne Antoine claims she has no memory of strangling her friend Brittney Gargol after a night of heavy drinking. However, Gargol's body was found next to the belt Antoine is wearing in this photo. Antoine pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to seven years in prison.

Minutes after this photo was taken, this Vietnamese woman and her children were killed by US soldiers in the My Lai Massacre.

Between 347 and 504 unarmed Vietnamese civilians were killed by US soldiers in South Vietnam on March 16, 1968 in the My Lai Massacre during the Vietnam War. The soldiers shot women, children, pets, and livestock during the massacre. Only one soldier was ever convicted for the horrific war crime.

Rolf Bae and Cecilie Skog kiss before attempting to summit K2. Rolf Bae was killed later that day in an avalanche.

The Norwegian mountaineers were attempting to climb K2, the second highest mountain after Everest, when an avalanche swept Bae off the mountain. K2 is the second most dangerous mountain to climb after Annapurna. About one out of every four people who attempt K2 end up dying during the climb.

Manchester, Connecticut beer distribution center, 2010 (8 dead, plus gunman)


In August 2010, Omar Sheriff Thornton killed eight workers at the Hartford Distributors beer facility where he'd just been fired for theft. Thornton pulled two pistols from his lunchbox. Two others were injured before he turned the gun on himself.

3 McDonald&rsquos Drive-Through Intercom Hacks

On December 4, 2016, a McDonald&rsquos restaurant in New Bern, North Carolina, got hacked. More specifically, the hacker targeted the drive-through intercom system of the restaurant to deliver his own messages to customers.

A video of the incident was uploaded to YouTube by one of the drive-through victims. In it, the excited hacker can be heard saying, &ldquoYou know I&rsquom actually on the toilet right now, and I&rsquom just going to serve you your food. I&rsquom not even going to wash my hands. I&rsquom trying to get some special sauce out right now. You know what, just pull forward because I&rsquom going to give you whatever the f&mdashk I feel like giving you.&rdquo At that point, he seemed to run out of things to say and piped through some prototypical porn audio.

The prankster had gained access to the intercom system by somehow figuring out its wireless frequency. [8] Bill Purcell, the owner of the restaurant, stated, &ldquoWe are taking steps to prevent this isolated incident from happening again. As local owners, our biggest priority is our customers and community, and we want to ensure that every experience at our restaurant is a positive one.&rdquo

There have been no further reports of intercom hacks, so we&rsquore guessing Purcell successfully remedied the situation.

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Police say they shot a man wanted in the fatal shooting of Jaslyn Adams (left), who was shot Sunday at a Homan Square McDonald’s drive-thru. provided/Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times

A suspect in the weekend murder of a 7-year-old girl at a West Side McDonald’s was chased by police on the Eisenhower Expressway Thursday afternoon and shot while he allegedly tried to carjack someone, police said.

Police shot the man multiple times after he crashed a vehicle and then tried to carjack a family on inbound I-290 near Mannheim Road, Police Supt. David Brown told reporters.

Brown said the man was wanted in the murder of Jaslyn Adams, who was shot Sunday afternoon inside a car with her father in Homan Square.

Shortly after 4 p.m., Chicago police officers performing surveillance of the suspect in a western suburb attempted to stop the suspect’s vehicle on the expressway, Brown said. That’s when the suspect crashed on the shoulder of the roadway and attempted to carjack a vehicle carrying a family.

A police officer investigates a vehicle Wednesday after a suspect in the killing of Jaslyn Adams was shot by Chicago police and taken into custody. Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times

The officers then shot the suspect multiple times, Brown said.

“We don’t know if the offender shot back. We can’t confirm that at this point,” he said. Two guns allegedly belonging to the suspect were recovered at the scene.

Brown said the suspect was taken to a hospital for treatment. Police spokesman Tom Ahern said the man was expected to survive. No officers were hurt.

“There were other people involved” in the incident, Brown said, but no one else was taken into custody.

‘They just shot my baby,’ says father, moments after 7-year-old daughter killed at McDonald’s in Homan Square

‘I want my baby’s killers in jail,’ dad says at vigil for 7-year-old Jaslyn Adams

Brown said the shooting is being investigated by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, which probes all shootings involving city police officers.

Jaslyn was killed Sunday after two people exited a car and opened fire in a McDonald’s drive-thru at 3200 W. Roosevelt Road.

The girl, who has three siblings and was nicknamed “Pinky,” was shot repeatedly and taken by police to Stroger Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Her father, Jontae Adams, was treated for a gunshot wound to his torso, police said.

Chicago Police on Sunday evening investigate a shooting scene where a 7-year-old girl was shot to death and her father was seriously wounded while in their car at a McDonald’s in the Homan Square neighborhood. Anthony Vázquez/Sun-Times

“That’s my baby I just lost,” Adams told reporters Wednesday. “I got shot. My baby got shot six times… I want my daughter’s killers locked up.”

Jaslyn’s grandmother, Lawanda McMullen, told the Sun-Times she was relieved to learn that one of the suspected gunmen had been arrested.

But McMullen said she still has lingering concerns about the investigation into Jaslyn’s killing, including whether the man who was shot and taken into custody was actually involved.

“Right now, I just don’t know how to feel,” McMullen said. “If he is the killer, hopefully we can catch both killers [and] we can get a full investigation so our family can come to some type of closure.”

Racked with grief and waiting for answers, McMullen said she now feels trapped in “a nightmare that I haven’t woken up from.”

“I still haven’t ate. I can barely sleep,” she said. “It’s just like we’re at a standstill right now.”

Police said the shooting was gang-related and was believed to be tied to another shooting less than three hours later that wounded two people at a Popeyes in Humboldt Park.

Earlier Thursday, police announced charges in the unrelated shooting of 22-month-old Kayden Swann, who was shot in his head during a road rage shooting on Lake Shore Drive near Grant Park.

Dozens of family members and supporters of 7-year-old Jaslyn Adams gather for a vigil outside the girl’s grandmother’s West Side home, Wednesday evening, April 21, 2021. Jaslyn was fatally shot Sunday, April 18, while in line at a McDonald’s drive-thru with her father, who suffered one gunshot wound to the back and survived. Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times

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