In Memoriam 2020

Lives Lost to Fatal Anti-LGBTQ and Intimate Partner Violence in 2020

Though we strive to share stories of joy and resiliency, we must also mourn those we have lost to violence, and hold their lives in our memory as we continue to fight violence in our lives and in our communities. We mourn the lives that our communities have lost in 2020 and before, and send love and light to their friends and family.

Below are the names of the lives we have lost to fatal, anti-LGBTQ violence this year so far. Those whose names are marked with an asterisk were lost as a result of intimate partner violence.

Kee Sam, Black transgender woman – Lafayette, LA – Aug 13, 2020

Aja Raquell Rhone Spears, Black transgender woman – Portland, OR – July 28, 2020

Queasha D Hardy, Black transgender woman – Baton Rouge, LA – July 27, 2020

Tiffany Harris/Dior H Ova, Black transgender woman – Bronx, NY – July 26, 2020

Marilyn “Monroe” Cazares, Latinx transgender woman – Brawley, CA – July 13, 2020

Jose Isaias Escobar Mendez, Latinx gay man – Sterling, VA – July 8, 2020

Summer Taylor, White non-binary person – Seattle, WA – July 4, 2020

Bree Black, Black transgender woman – Pompano Beach, FL – July 3, 2020

Shaki Peters, Black transgender woman – Louisiana – July 1, 2020

Merci Mack, Black transgender woman – Dallas, TX – June 30, 2020

Tatiana Hall, Black transgender woman – Philadelphia, PA – June 29, 2020

Brayla Stone, Black transgender woman – Arizona – June 25, 2020

Riah Milton, Black transgender woman – Liberty Township, OH – June 9, 2020

Dominique “Rem’mie’ Fells, Black transgender woman – Philadelphia, PA – June 8, 2020

Selena Reyes-Hernandez, Latinx transgender woman – Chicago, IL – May 31, 2020

Rebecca Gavilanez Alectus, Black queer cisgender woman – Brick Township, TX – May 17, 2020*

Christopher Rodriguez, gay cisgender man – Harlem, New York – May 16, 2020.

Jayne Thomson, white transgender woman – Aurora, CO – May 11, 2020

Nina Pop, Black transgender woman – Sikeston, Missouri – May 3, 2020

Layla Pelaez Sánchez, Puerto Rican transgender woman – Humacao, Puerto – April 21, 2020

Serena Angelique Velázquez Ramos, Puerto Rican transgender woman – Humacao, Puerto Rico – April 21, 2020

Penélope Díaz Ramírez, Puerto Rican transgender woman – Puerto Rico – April 13, 2020

Johanna Metzger, white transgender woman – Baltimore, MD – April 11, 2020

Ashley Moore, Black transgender woman – Newark, NJ – April 1, 2020

Alexa Ruiz, Puerto Rican transgender woman – Toa Baja, Puerto Rico – February 24, 2020

Kenneth Paterimos, Latinx bisexual cisgender man – Chicago, IL – February 21, 2020

Bashar Kallabat, queer cisgender man – Birmingham, MI – February 11, 2020

Kenneth Savinski, white gay cisgender man – New York, NY – January 31, 2020

NCAVP receives information about homicides from local organizations, community members, and media accounts. While NCAVP strives to honor people in their identities, the identities listed are based on this information and may not be entirely accurate. It’s important to note that some identities and experiences are often erased in media, particularly bisexual people and gender nonconforming people.

NCAVP is a resource for anyone who experiences violence. For more information, or to locate an anti-violence program in your area, please contact us at or visit us online. Join NCAVP in our efforts to prevent and respond to LGBTQ and HIV-affected violence. To learn more about our national advocacy and receive technical assistance or support, contact us at

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