NCAVP mourns the death of Iris Santos, a 22-year-old Latinx twospirited transgender woman in Houston, TX

NCAVP mourns the death of Iris Santos, a 22-year-old Latinx twospirited transgender woman who was fatally shot on April 23 in Houston, Texas. The suspect attacked Iris outside of a Chick-Fil-A and fled, both his whereabouts and whether the shooting was an act of hate violence remain unknown.

Iris worked as a tarot/oracle reader, and used her Instagram as a platform for bookings, as well as to share what mattered to her with her followers, including commemorating the guilty verdict surrounding the George Floyd case, stats on reduced likelihood of trans suicide for kids whose pronouons are respected, and a graphic that simply states: Sex Work is Work. Iris’ mother, Maria Carreon, told local news station ABC13 “She was a beautiful soul. She was a wonderful person. She [was] always trying to help people, and even when she doesn’t have nothing, she always gives.” Her sister, Louvier, added “We just hope that no one has to go through this again, because it’s awful.” Louvier has also set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money for funeral expenses.

NCAVP works to prevent, respond to, and end all forms of violence against and within lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and HIV-affected communities. NCAVP is a national coalition of local member programs and affiliate organizations who create systemic and social change. NCAVP is a program of the New York City Anti-Violence Project.