Every third day, in our #EveryThreeDays campaign, I write about a woman killed by a man. Previously in this campaign, which started on May 2nd 2021, we have remembered 66 women, the last being Kerry Reeves, 26, who lived in the sleepy small town of Abingdon just south of Oxford.
Today we remember Destiny Lauren, a trans woman, who was murdered in November 2009 by Leon Fyle.
Destiny’s brother found her shortly after being strangled in her home in Leighton Crescent, Kentish Town, north London – but even though Destiny reached hospital alive, she died shortly afterwards.
In August 2010, the BBC wrote a story titled “Has transgender people become easy targets – referring to Destiny’s murder and the fact that attacks against trans people were increasing.
Skip forward eleven years, and we now know the answer. Fyle was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 21 years behind bars.
That, though, does not bring back Destiny to her family, who were devasted in losing a loved one.
Destiny had made the trans journey – only then to be robbed of it.