UK murder: 16-year-old trans teen murdered

Saturday February 11. A 16-year-old trans teen named Brianna Ghey has been murdered. Two suspects were detained. Faced with the horror of this crime, trans activists are outraged and denounce a growing hatred in the United Kingdom.

London dressed in black. On Saturday February 11, a 16-year-old girl, Brianna Ghey, was found dead in a park in the town of Culchetch, on the outskirts of Manchester. According to police, Brianna was stabbed in the middle of the afternoon. Two local teenagers, a 15-year-old boy and a girl, were detained. reports the BBC. A vigil for this teenager will be held this weekend in Newcastle in Times Square.

Briana Ghey murder: a “targeted attack”

All the outlets that covered the case also reported that Brianna Ghey was a transgender teenager. Investigators suggest Briana was the target of a “targeted attack.” At the moment, no clue about the motive for the crime has been ruled out. The investigator in charge of the case at the Cheshire Police Department specifies that the investigations are only in their beginnings: “There is no evidence today to suggest that the circumstances of Brianna’s death are linked to hate.”

A murder that causes a stir in the UK

The death of Brianna Ghey has undoubtedly caused an uproar in the UK. In a press release published by the media guardian, the family of the victim declares: “Brianna was a girl loved by all. She was beautiful, intelligent and funny (…) The loss of her young life left a great void in our family, and we know that the teachers and their friends who were involved in her life will feel the same ”. Emma Mills, headmistress of the teenager’s secondary school, also told the BBC: “We are in shock, we are devastated by the news of Brianna’s death. This is a difficult time for all of our students and the school community. “.

Trans community outraged by Brianna’s murder

With the possibility of a hate murder, the transgender community is outraged by the horror of this crime. In recent years, trans activists have accused the UK media of stoking “anti-trans” sentiment. That’s not to mention the case of JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter saga, who is also accused of hostile behavior towards transgender people. According to the NGO Stop Hate UK, in 2020-2021, British police recorded 2,630 hate crimes against transgender people, an increase of 16% compared to 2019. This number remains unrepresentative because, of the 108,100 responses to the survey , 88% of trans people did not report the most serious incidents.

48% of them also said they were not satisfied with the police response when they reported these serious incidents.

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