Noonie Norwood, 30, was found early Sunday morning when Richmond police responded to a reported shooting. Norwood was unresponsive and transported to a local hospital where she died nine hours later, police said.
Police are looking for a man driving a dark-colored sedan who may have been nearby at the time of the shooting, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.
The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs said the killing pushes the number of transgender homicides to a record level. Norwood’s death is the 23rd transgender homicide this year. Last year, a 22 transgender homicides were reported last year.
The Virginia Anti-Violence Project said in a statement that there is a “continuing, alarming, multi-year trend” showing people of color and transgender and gender non-conforming people “continue to make up the majority of victims of hate violence.”
“Noony Norwood’s death is a heartbreaking milestone for our communities,” said Shelby Chestnut, director of community organizing and public advocacy at the anti-violence project’s national office in New York. “It is on all of us to address this crisis of violence affecting transgender and gender non-conforming people in this country, and the transphobia, misogyny and racism that is at the root of this violence.”
In Richmond, a police statement said detectives investigating the Norwood’s death “have interviewed a few people, but there are others they would like to hear from, especially those who were in the area … or may have known the victim.”