Three people were charged with first-degree murder and a fourth is facing other charges after authorities discovered the burned body of a transgender teen in southern Missouri.
According to the Associated Press, the remains of 17-year-old Ally Steinfeld were discovered in a burn pile near the mobile home of one of the suspects, as well as in a bag inside of a chicken coop. Two of the women facing first-degree murder charges reportedly told authorities that they helped burn Steinfeld’s body after a man gouged the teen’s eyes out and repeatedly stabbed her in the genitals.
“It is a grisly terrible series of heinous acts by the accused,” Texas County Prosecutor Parke Stevens Jr. told Houston Herald.
Steinfeld’s murder makes her the 21st known transgender person murdered in 2017. Transgender people ― particularly trans people of color ― face disproportionate violence compared to the rest of the LGBTQ community. Read more via HuffPost