On Nov. 20, the city gathered to memorialize trans people killed in 2018

According to the Human Rights Campaign, 29 transgender people were killed in the U.S. last year — the most ever recorded. And yet the number was likely higher. The statistics don’t account for deaths that are reported under victims’ birth names, or deaths that aren’t reported at all.

Local artist and CCAD instructor Felicia DeRosa, who identifies as a trans woman, went through the names, collecting details about where they were from, how they were killed and who they were.

“It’s depressing,” DeRosa said during an early-November interview at King Avenue United Methodist Church, where she is a youth leader. “In my mind, it’s one of my [students]. It could be me. I was just destroyed for days after that, and had to get myself back together.”

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