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Honduran Tatiana García latest trans woman killed in deadly year

Honduran woman Tatiana García is the latest murder victim in what may be the deadliest year yet for violence against trans people.

García was found dead in her home on Sunday after her family became concerned that she was not answering phone calls, HCH TV has reported.

Authorities have established that she was stabbed to death on Saturday night.

A resident of the Díaz Valenzuela neighbourhood of Santa Rosa de Copán in western Honduras, she was a well-known and beloved member of the local LGBTIQ+ community.

Messages on social media have honoured García and expressed sadness about the violence that took her life.

“Life is worth less and less in Honduras,” wrote one community member.

“In this country, they kill people like nothing else and everything goes unpunished, they never solve it,” posted another person. 

Police have begun investigating García’s death and are seeking the people she had most recently lived with for their inquiries.

García is the fifth trans person known to have been murdered in Honduras, and the 297th worldwide, since last year’s Trans Day of Remembrance on 20 November.

Most transphobic murders are committed in Latin America and the United States.

In the United States, this year is already on track to be the deadliest on record for violence against trans people – after last year set the same grim record.

By June this year, more trans Americans had been killed than in all of 2019.

The mainstream press reporting on García’s murder have misgendered her, calling her by her former name.

Misgendering in the media and by authorities contributes to the underreporting of trans deaths, meaning the real rate of transphobic murders may be even higher than currently thought.

Trans women of colour are at the highest risk of being killed and experiencing violence.

Since 1999, Trans Day of Remembrance has been held annually to honour those lost to violence and raise awareness of transphobic hate crimes.

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