Murdered: Rita Hester
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Rita Hester

Her unsolved murder inspired Transgender Day of Remembrance

Last updated: November 28, 2021

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Murdered

Last updated November 28, 2021

Rita Hester

Her unsolved murder inspired Transgender Day of Remembrance

  • Allston, MA
  1. Date of Death:November 28, 1998
  2. Birthday:November 30, 1963
  3. Age at Incident:January 1, 1970
  1. Race:African-American / Black
  2. Gender:Female

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It’s likely you’ve heard of The Transgender Day of Remembrance, but do you know the story of the woman who inspired it? Her legacy will live beyond her all too brief life. Rita Hester was born on November 30, 1963, the youngest of five children. She grew up in Hartford, Connecticut and her friends and family don’t recall a specific “coming out as trans'' moment, she simply was Rita. Her younger sister, Diana told NBC news,...

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Rita's Apartment

Allston, MA

At 6:12 PM law enforcement received a call about a fight inside Rita’s apartment. It took seven minutes for officers to be dispatched. When they entered her apartment, Rita was still alive. She was on the floor, and had been stabbed multiple times.