Rae’Lynn Thomas, an Ohio transgender woman, was beaten and fatally shot yesterday by her mother’s ex-boyfriend, who regularly referred to Rae’Lynn as “the devil” and “Satan” because of her gender identity.

Rae’Lynn’s mother Renée told reporters that her daughter’s final words were: “Mom, please please don’t leave me. Mom, I’m dying. Mom, I love you. Tell my sisters and my brother I love them. Tell my family I love them. Mom, I’m dying, I’m dying, please don’t leave me.”

City police are not investigating the hate crime as a hate crime. Ohio Republicans have blocked all efforts over the past three years to add LGBTQ protections to hate crime laws, despite the prevalence of anti-LGBTQ violence in both the state and the country.

Just earlier this week, 36-year-old Latina transgender woman Erykah Tijerina was murdered in a suspected hate crime in El Paso, Texas. Last month, at least three transgender women were murdered.

Rae’Lynn Thomas is at least the 19th transgender woman murdered in 2016. It is extremely difficult to track violence against transgender people since law enforcement so often misgenders them, meaning that the actual number of transgender women murdered this year is likely to be higher.

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