There is a long history of high-profile Russians turning up dead or seriously ill in foreign countries.
Let's face it, 2017 has been another year most of us are just as happy to see gone as was 2016--and many others--were. We have had our cases of murder. Murder by racists. Murder by thieves. Murder by Arkancide. Murder by war. Murder by starvation. Murder by indifference. Lots of ways to kill. Now, before 2017 is officially ended, at least here on the west coast, comes another method of murder.
Death by "swatting".
Stunning. Shocking. Sadness.
Over fifty people killed, their lives ended. Many more likely to follow from the over 400 that were injured.
Earlier in my life, I lived in Joplin, MO. This story makes me shudder.
Ally Lee Steinfeld, 17, of Houston, Missouri came out as a transgender girl in May. In June, she posted on Instagram:
I am proud to be me. I am proud to be trans. I am beautiful. I don't care what people think.
Twenty-six year-old Derricka Banner became the 20th transgender person murdered this year when she was shot to death in her car early Tuesday morning in Charlotte, NC, as rain and wind from Irma were lashing the city. Montavious Sanchez Berry, 18, was arrested later on Tuesday and charged with the murder.
Banner was originally from New York, but has recently been a resident on Lenoir, NC. Sanchez is a Charlotte resident.
Last Saturday in Waxahachie, TX, Gwynevere River Song reportedly got into an argument with another adult in her home, which led to that other person shooting Song to death. We have no idea what the argument concerned, but we do know that Song was a transgender woman. The assailant was also injured during the shooting and he was transported to a hospital.
On Monday Tee Tee Dangerfield, a 32-year-old Atlanta resident became the sixteenth transgender person known to be murdered this year. Dangerfield was found in her car near an apartment complex in College Park suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. She was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital but did not survive.
Trump's trial transgender ban has blocked a lot of other news of the transgender community from view lately.
In southern Mississippi former navy sailor Dwanya Hickerson pleaded guilty to murdering Dee Whigham, a transgender nurse, in order to avoid the death penalty.
One of the things I hate about summer is that the frequency of murders of transgender people tends to pick up.
Police in Lynchburg, VA have reported that Ebony Morgan was found with multiple gunshot wounds around 1 a.m. yesterday.
Heraclitus ~ You can never step into the same river twice
The water in the river in front of you is not the same as 10 seconds before. But sometimes you must dive in. It is time to do that.
Caveat ~ whenever truth is suppressed, conspiracy theories flourish (AE)
Background information: Please consult my prior essays relating to this subject:
Her name was Josie Berrios, although she was transitioning to the name Kendra Adams. She also used the stage name Kimbella Rosé when she appeared at the wine-themed drag house, House of Merlot in Ithaca New York.