Community gathers to remember transgender victims killed by violence

Kenne McFadden found dead in April

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SAN ANTONIO – San Antonians gathered Thursday to remember transgender victims killed by violence in the U.S. this year.

Naomi Brown, with The San Antonio Pride Center, said 25 victims were killed in 2017. 

“Their names should be said, and one name said is too many,” she said.

Women of color are more likely to be a victim. Every year, the number of victims grows.

Transgender Day of Remembrance brought together people who want to share love and awareness. One of them is Sarah Lopez, who lost her friend in San Antonio this year.

Kenne McFadden was found dead at the Riverwalk in April. San Antonio police have not arrested anyone and have not given a motive. 

"Kenne was an amazing person. Kenne walked into the room and immediately lit up the room,” Lopez said.

Lopez was shocked and saddened to hear of McFadden’s death. Thursday’s vigil at Travis Park and mass service at Travis Park United Methodist Church helped Lopez and many others heal. 

“They're not alone; we're not alone. We're one. We're a team,” Lopez said.

Brown said more than 300 transgender people have been killed all over the world, but she believes there are many more who were not correctly identified by their chosen gender. 

“Every time one dies, we lose a piece of ourselves,” Brown said.

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