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UPDATED: Transgender Woman Murdered in Houston

Tracy Single, 22, is the 16th person lost to anti-trans violence in 2019.

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UPDATE, Aug 19: Community members are raising funds for the funeral of a transgender woman who was found murdered in Houston on July 30.  

Trans activist Dee Dee Watters wrote on Facebook that Tracy Williams (also known as Tracy Single) is currently waiting to be laid to rest. Watters is working with Williams’ family and the funeral home Fort Bend Memorial Planning Center, and $1,000 is still needed to pay for the service. 

Watters’ post to Facebook reads:  Update! Update! Update! Tracy Single the identified Black trans woman found dead in Houston on July 30th is presently waiting to be laid to rest still! The family has agreed to honor Tracy’s wishes to be remembered and honored as Tracy. I’m asking on the behalf of the family and Tracy that we as a community join in with helping in anyway you can. I talked to the funeral home and they used the name Tracy and correct pronouns!!!! This is awesome! The total cost is $6,000 but we only need a $1,000 to get the service and the funeral home will work with the family and the state to get the final payment following her service.” 

Watters said that donations for Williams’ funeral service can be made directly to the Fort Bend Memorial Planning Center by phone or in person. 

To donate, call Fort Bend Memorial Planning Center at 281-710-4895, or visit the funeral home at 15006 Highway 6, Richardson, Texas 77583.

ORIGINAL POST:

A transgender woman was found dead outside of a west Houston gas station last month, according to news reports. 

Monica Roberts, founder and editor of the blog Transgriot, identified the victim as Tracy Single, 22.

Single is at least the 16th trans person murdered in the U.S. in 2019. The vast majority of victims, including Single, have been trans women of color. Three of the murders have occurred in Texas. 

On July 30, ABC 13 and Fox 26 reported that the body of a woman was found around 3:30 a.m. At that time, authorities investigating the case said that her death did not appear to be natural. 

Houston City Hall lit in the Transgender Pride Flag colors in remembrance of Single.

The Houston Police Department’s LGBT Liaisons have now confirmed that the woman who was found dead was trans and was murdered. On August 11, trans activist Dee Dee Watters organized a town hall meeting that led to the identification of Single. 

City Hall and the seven bridges over Houston’s Southwest Freeway were lit in the colors of the Trans Pride Flag in honor of Single on August 15, and will be lit in pink, blue, and white again tonight, August 16, thanks to Mayor Sylvester Turner’s LGBT Advisory board chair Harrison Homer-Guy. 

Anyone with information about Single’s murder should call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).

This is a developing story. This post will be updated as additional information becomes available.

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Lourdes Zavaleta

Lourdes Zavaleta is the managing editor of OutSmart magazine.
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