Alphonza Watson, 38, was found in the 2400 block of Guildford Avenue, in the city’s Barclay area, early on Wednesday.

She was found shot in the stomach.

Alphonza was transported to John Hopkins Hospital, where she was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

According to the Baltimore Sun, she was already dead when police found her.

T.J. Smith, spokesperson for Baltimore police, told the newspaper they ‘don’t have a lot to go on’.

‘What we know is that there was apparently some sort of argument that took place,’ he said.

Witnesses told police they heard someone yelling for help. Then they heard gunshots.

Immediately afterwards they saw two men getting into a ‘dark-colored’ vehicle and speeding away; no further information about the men has been released.

Originally from Washington, Alphonza moved to Baltimore 10 to 15 years ago her mother Peggy Walker said.

Her daughter enjoyed cooking and gardening and was described as ‘the sunshine of our family’.

‘She was a very caring, passionate, fun person to be around, always in a talkative and playful mood,’ she said.

‘Very close to the lord. She didn’t belong to a church or anything like that but she always talked about the lord.’

Police are now looking for any information regarding the crime.

Alphonza is the eighth trans woman to be murdered in the US in 2017.

On 6 January, Mesha Caldwell was the first reported trans woman murdered in 2017.

Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow  was found dead just three days later.

In February, Jojo Striker was killed in Toldeo, Ohio; Keke Collier was shot in Chicago.

Chyna Doll Dupree was found dead in a New Orleans parking lot; less than 48 hours Ciara McElveen was stabbed, also in New Orleans.

And on 19 February, 18-year-old Jaquarrius Holland was killed with a single shot to the head in Monroe, Louisiana.

All victims were women of color.


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