Amariey Lej (spelled Amarey in some reports), a 20-year-old dancer and youth artist apprentice, was found with a fatal gunshot wound by police in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania in the early hours of 1 January.
On 2 January, a trans woman named by TransGriot as The Duval Princess died in Jacksonville, Florida.
These reports come after a year in which a record number of trans people were violently killed.
According to Human Rights Campaign, at least 51 trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming people were killed in the US in 2021 – the majority Black, trans women.
HRC warns that its own count is likely inaccurate and that the true death toll is even higher, given that three-fourths of trans victims are misgendered and deadnamed by the police and press.