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Trans woman of color murdered in Oklahoma

Brooklyn BreYanna Stevenson, 31, was found murdered in a hotel room.
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Police are treating the death of a transgender woman of color in Oklahoma as a homicide, 

 This makes the 25th reported trans person to e killed in the United States in 2017.

Brooklyn BreYanna Stevenson, 31, was found dead by police very early Monday morning after they were called to the scene.

There have been no arrests made at this time and it is too early to tell any motives behind the crime.

In a statement, her family says she was an amazing person “with a giving and loving heart.”

“We pray that those who committed this heinous crime will be identified and Brooklyn will receive justice.”

Paula Sophia Schonauer, a local trans activist was heartbroken when she heard the news.

“I knew how hard she was trying and how much she was working to establish her identity and to establish a place in the world for herself.”

Troy Stevenson, the executive director of Freedom Oklahoma, said the death was of deep concern.

“We’ve got a member of the transgender community that’s been murdered like this and it happens quite often, unfortunately.”

GLAAD has deemed 2017 the deadliest year for trans deaths on record. 

"Brooklyn BreYanna Stevenson is the 25th known transgender person to be killed this year. Violence against transgender people, especially trans women of color, must receive more national media attention," they posted on Twitter.