More than just names on a t-shirt

Below are summaries of some of the victims listed on the shirt. The summaries and photographs are taken directly from the "Remembering Our Dead" project


Terrianne Summers

Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Date of Death: December 12, 2001
Terrianne Summers was a transgender activist in the Jacksonville area, who had been very involved in efforts against discrimination at the Winn-Dixie food chain. She was shot to death on her own front yard days after participating in the 2001 Transgender Day of Remembrance in Florida. 


Amy Soos 

Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Date of Death: February 16, 2002
Amy Soos lived all her life on the Salt River Pima Indian Reservation in Arizona, but often went into Phoenix in the evenings. After not returning home one such night, her body was discovered in a roadway. She died of multiple blunt force trauma. She had been beaten many other times before her death. 


Gwen (Edward) Araujo

Location: Newark, California
Date of Death: October 3, 2002
Araujo had been dressing as a woman since she was 14 years old, and was murdered at the age of 17. During a house party, she was revealed to have been more a male. After this revelation, at least three individuals — Michael Magidson, Jose Antonio Merel, and Jason Cazares — allegedly beat her, dragged her into a garage, and strangled her, before disposing of her body in a remote location 150 miles away. All three of the above suspects are in custody awaiting trial on murder charges with a hate crime enhancement. A fourth suspect, Jaron Chase Nabors, pled out in exchange for testimony, receiving a 10-year prison sentence.


Deasha (Gerald Andrews)

Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Date of Death: August 8, 2002
Deasha Andrews was discovered in her car, after having been shot several times. 



Paola Matos

Location: Brooklyn, New York
Date of Death: July 22, 2002
Paola Matos had recently moved to New York after a series of transsexual-related surgeries done abroad. She was discovered in her home by her live-in boyfriend with a white cord wrapped around her throat. Police have ruled her death a homicide, and are seeking a suspect, Fernando Batista.


Stephanie Thomas and Ukea Davis

Location: Washington, DC
Date of Death: August 12, 2002
Stephanie and Ukea were friends living in Washington, D.C., and had begun living in their preferred gender roles. Both were shot multiple times in a car they often shared. They were half a block away from home.


1. Tim Evans, "Vigil Set for Transgender Victims," Indianapolis Star, November 16, 2003, B1