Nina Pop Is the Fifth Black Trans Woman Murdered in the U.S. this Month

Nina Pop was the fifth Black trans woman to be violently killed in the U.S. in a month. A man has now been charged for her murder.

According to Pink News: A man has been charged with the murder of a transgender woman who was found dead in her apartment with multiple stab wounds earlier this month. Joseph B Cannon, 40, of Poplar Bluff, was taken into custody on May 15 on charges of second degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of Nina Pop.

Pop, 28, was well known in the small town of Sikeston, Missouri, where she worked in a fast food restaurant. Those close to her have shared tributes on Facebook, saying that “everyone loved” her.

KFVS12 reports: According to the Sikeston Department of Public Safety, Cannon was arrested on Friday morning in Dexter, Mo. He remains in custody with no bond allowed. Sikeston DPS Chief James McMillen said the investigation continues. “…we are pleased to have enough evidence to charge someone for this brutal act,” he said. “Several people came forth, offering information, which assisted us greatly in this investigation.”

The Sikeston Department of Public Safety identified the victim as 28-year-old Jared Dante’ Tipler. DPS Chief James McMillen said, according to family members, the victim identified as female and went by the name Nina Pop. Officers found Pop’s body Sunday night around 9 p.m. on May 3 after receiving a call about an unresponsive person at an apartment at 600 S. New Madrid Street.

The CDC has declared the murder of trans women of color an epidemic in the United States.