Brandi Bledsoe is the 23rd transgender woman that has been killed in the U.S. this year. Bledsoe was found in a driveway by a 5-year-old boy riding his bike. Bledsoe was only wearing underwear and had bag tied around her head. It was just two years ago that Bledsoe told her family she was transitioning.

“She wasn’t very outgoing before she told us,” John Craggett, Bledsoe’s cousin told “She just wasn’t happy with who she was. When she told us, she was honestly a lot better as Brandi. She was happy.” He added that “She was really beautiful, she was really sweet and nice. That’s what bugs the crap out of me about this. Whoever did this can rot in hell.”Johnnie Ledbetter, Bledsoe’ grandfather agrees that she was a kind and happy woman after coming out and being able to live as herself. “We got a long great when she lived with me. I wish she was around more after she moved out.”

Police are investigating the death as a homicide and said that she also suffered from head trauma. Cleveland police spokesman Jennifer Ciaccia said investigators will take her transgender status into consideration in the investigation. She said the investigation is in its early stages and it’s too early to determine of motive for Bledsoe’s death.


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