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Second transgender female found murdered in Chicago’s ‘K-Town’

Friday, August 17, 2012

CHICAGO — Police confirmed Friday that a body discovered in an abandoned building in a west side Chicago neighborhood known as K-Town was that of 19-year-old Donta Gooden, a transgender female.

A spokesperson for the Cook County medical examiner’s office said that an autopsy determined that Gooden was stabbed to death and that her death has been ruled a homicide.

Donta Gooden

Gooden — who identified as female and was known as Tiffany — was found just three blocks from where Paige Clay, 23, another transgender woman, was found shot to death in April.

June LaTrobe, public policy director of the transgender activist group Illinois Gender Advocates, said that transgender women of color “are the most vulnerable members of our community,” reported WBBM-TV.

LaTrobe said there are very little opportunities for such women, because, “sometimes the obstacles are just unbelievable. Here is someone murdered for simply being themselves. It gets … frustrating doesn’t even quite put it.”

Rick Garcia, a longtime local LGBT activist said, “oftentimes when folks like this are murdered or brutalized, it’s, ‘Well, you know, they brought it on themselves,’ or ‘What do you expect?’” Garcia said he was working with police to make sure these two victims, and others like them, aren’t re-victimized by not being priority cases.

Chicago Police said they believe that the cases of both women are unrelated and have visited some nearby businesses in hopes surveillance cameras might have captured relevant images.

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27 more reader comments:

  1. sad

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 9:01pm
  2. sheeeesh

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 9:02pm
  3. :(

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 9:02pm
  4. Wow, thats sad

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 9:03pm
  5. How sad!

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 9:03pm
  6. this is sad

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 9:03pm
  7. :(

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 9:03pm
  8. :c

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 9:03pm
  9. … WTF-is-GOING on-IN-Chicago?!?

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 9:05pm
  10. so sad… what is wrong with people.. :-(

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 9:05pm
  11. Terrible, terrible news.

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 9:06pm
  12. Very sad.

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 9:07pm
  13. So sad

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 9:12pm
  14. I don’t ever feel safe in my Chicago neighborhood, being genderqueer :(

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 9:13pm
  15. In my prayers. Im so sorry. She looks so beautiful as her self. :’(

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 9:15pm
  16. awful…simply awful.

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 9:17pm
  17. How can people be so hurtful

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 9:21pm
  18. yea

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 9:33pm
  19. That’s horrible! My thoughts are with both families.

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 10:16pm
  20. How sad… She was so young and very pretty, too..

    Posted on Friday, August 17, 2012 at 11:39pm
  21. unrelated crimes? 3 months and 3 blocks apart? i dont think so,

    Posted on Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 12:29am
  22. Sounds like a hate-filled serial killer to me? QUICK CALL HOTCHNER, DEREK MORGAN, GIDEON, REID, JJ, AND PRENTIS! (But no seriously, why won’t they admit this is clearly a serial killer or group of serial killers targeting transgendered women?) URG, this is what can happen to homo/transphobic closet cases who are convinced by religious nutbags that there is something wrong with them and they’re evil, instead of being loved and accepted for who they are… they can come to believe they are evil, and become serial killers. THANKS FOR SCREWING PEOPLE UP IN THE HEAD, CONSERVATIVE RIGHT. “Maybe if we are surrounded in beauty, someday we will, become what we see… Please, be careful with me. I’m sensitive and I’d like to stay that way.”

    Posted on Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 2:20am
  23. sad :(

    Posted on Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 5:07am
  24. I hope She get life

    Posted on Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 9:41am
  25. :n(

    Posted on Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 10:35am
  26. :((

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 2:53am
  27. Someone is sick, sick, sick.

    Posted on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 3:25pm