Her Name Was Derricka Banner

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Banner, 26, was found in her vehicle at around 3:00 AM Tuesday morning in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was pronounced dead at scene having suffered from a gunshot wound.

Detectives have charged Montavious Sanchez Berry, 18, with murder, armed robbery, and shooting into an occupied vehicle in relation to the incident. This is his third arrest the past two years in Mecklenburg County. According to the Charlotte Observer, Banner and Berry had a history and they “had communicated on previous occasions.”

Banner was born in the Bronx, New York. She also went by the nickname “Ms. Bow Bow.” Her tragic death comes just as North Carolina’s Trans Pride event begins on September 15th. Her funeral service will be held on Sunday, September 17th, at 2:00 PM.

Rest in power Derricka Banner.

 "Derricka Banner, a transgender woman, was shot and killed early Tuesday morning. She is the 19th transgender person murdered in the U.S this year."Derricka Banner (Photo: greer-mcelveenfuneralhome.com)

Here are the names of the 19 victims of transgender murders in 2017:

Mesha Caldwell, 41 years old

Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow, 28 years old

JoJo Striker, 23 years old

Jaqarrius Holland, 18 years old

Keke Collier, 24 years old

Chyna Gibson, 31 years old

Ciara McElveen, 21 years old

Alphonza Watson, 38 years old

Chay Reed, 28 years old

Kenneth Bostick, 59 years old

Sherrell Faulkner, 46 years old

Kenne McFadden, 26 years old

Josie Berrios, 28 years old

Ava Le’Ray Barrin, 17 years old

Ebony Morgan, 28 years old

TeeTee Dangerfield, 32 years old

Gwynevere River Song, 26 years old

Kiwi Herring, 30 years old

Derricka Banner, 26 years old