Police in Kansas City, Missouri, are reporting the city's fourth transgender homicide this year after finding 30-year-old Brianna “BB” Hill shot to death on Monday morning.
Kansas City Police Captain Tim Hernandez told KCTV a man had been arrested in connection to the fatal shooting of Hill at 11:30 a.m. on Monday near 43rd Street and Hardesty Avenue in eastern Kansas City.
Hernandez gave few details about the shooting, but local news outlets said it was the city's fourth shooting since Saturday and 119th this year.
It's unclear who called the police or who they have in custody, but Hernandez said the shooter waited for the police to come arrest him.
George Cherry lives in the neighborhood and was home during the shooting.
“I didn’t hear anything. I was just watching TV when I got a knock on the door from the detectives,” Cherry recalled.
Brianna BB Hill. Another black trans woman murdered in Kansas.. Peace be upon you baby girl.. I'm so sorry. pic.twitter.com/jWCBi0rhX5— RISE UP OCTOBER 8TH (@IndyaMoore) October 17, 2019
Cherry, who identifies as gay, said the shooting hits home for him. He shared his frustration with the increasing violence toward the LGBTQ community.
“That’s part of my family because we are out here, we are trying to survive and people take action against us, nationwide,” Cherry said.
Just four months ago, 32-year-old Brooklyn Lindsey was found shot to death on the front porch of an abandoned house in Kansas City. Police eventually arrested 41-year-old Marcus Lewis and charged him with second-degree murder. He has already admitted to the police he shot Lindsey after an altercation.
According to the Advocate, this is the 20th confirmed trans homicide this year. Almost all of the trans women killed this year have been Black, including Jazzaline Ware, Ashanti Carmon, Muhlaysia Booker, Dana Martin, Michelle “Tamika” Washington, Paris Cameron, Chynal Lindsey, Chanel Scurlock, Denali Berries Stuckey, Tracy Single, Kiki Fantroy, Pebbles LaDime Doe, Bee Love Slater, Bubba Walker, Ja’leyah-Jamar Berryman, Elisha Chanel Stanley and Itali Marlowe.
Marlowe was shot to death just three weeks ago.
In an interview with Newsweek, Human Rights Campaign Spokesperson Elliott Kozuch said the loss was "part of a larger epidemic of violence against the transgender community in this country, spurred by a toxic mix of transphobia, racism, misogyny and unchecked gun violence."
"There are currently very few explicit legal protections for transgender or gender-expansive people. While the transgender community does have protections in employment, housing and public accommodations in Kansas City, there are no state nondiscrimination protections for this community, and they are not covered under the state's hate crimes legislation," Kozuch added.