Three people have been charged with first-degree murder in the brutal slaying of a transgender teenager in Houston, Mo., and a fourth has been arrested on other charges. She had been stabbed repeatedly, including in the genitals, and her eyes had been gouged out, according to the AP.
Three others, including Andrew Vrba, 18, Isis Schauer, 18, and 24-year-old Briana Calderas, were earlier charged with first-degree murder and other counts. Vrba and his girlfriend, Isis Schauer, were also booked with armed criminal action charges.
Human Rights Campaignreports Steinfeld's death marks the 21st known case of a trans person killed this year. Another suspect, James T. Grigsby, was charged today abandonment of a corpse and tampering with evidence. Both local and national media identified Steinfeld by a male name, but The TM Planet, a website focusing on transgender issues, identified her as Ally.
In June she posted an Instagram with the caption, "I am proud to be me I am proud to be trans I am attractive I don't care what people think". Her family had reported her missing on September 14, saying they hadn't seen the teen in a couple of weeks, the Associated Press reported in a story that misgenders Steinfeld.
Police said they expect further arrests. It just doesn't make any sense'.
"I still don't know who in their right minds would do something like that", said Camara. "Killing someone is very bad, but I mean to do it". Just. I. oh, God. I.
Both Sheriff James Sigman and prosecutor Parke Stevens Jr. insist the crime was not motivated by Steinfeld's gender identity.
Mic reports Steinfeld's Facebook page was filled with messages from mourners: "Rest in Peace, Ally". She said that she and the two 18-year-old suspects were living with Calderas in her mobile home.
Investigators believe the death occurred on September 3, six days before Steinfeld would have turned 18. Calderas admitted helping burn the body and led authorities to the knife used in the killing, Douglas wrote. This is believed to be at least the 21st murder of a transgender person this year in the United States alone. Steinfeld's remains were found near Calderas's trailer in Cabool, Mo., about 20 miles from Houston.
All four alleged perpetrators are being held without bond.
Vrba reportedly told police he had to kill Steinfield. I am praying for your family during this heartbreaking time. But to your family I say this. "May you be surrounded by support and love".
Pictured Ally Steinfeld who also went by Ally Matthew Steinfeld on Facebook. My heart breaks right now for you, as it does for your family'.
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