Three people were charged with first-degree murder and a fourth is facing other charges after authorities discovered the burned body of a transgender teen in southern Missouri.
According to the Associated Press, the remains of 17-year-old Ally Steinfeld were discovered in a burn pile near the mobile home of one of the suspects, as well as in a bag inside of a chicken coop.
Two of the women facing first-degree murder chargesreportedly told authoritiesthat they helped burn Steinfeld’s body after a man gouged the teen’s eyes out and repeatedly stabbed her in the genitals.
“It is a grisly terrible series of heinous acts by the accused,” Texas County Prosecutor Parke Stevens Jr.told Houston Herald.
Steinfeld’s sisterAshleigh Boswell reportedly saidthat Steinfeld talked openly about being transgender.
“We honestly don’t understand why they done it,” Boswelltold Springfield News-Leader. “It just don’t make any sense.”
Steinfeld’s murder makes herthe 21st known transgender personmurdered in 2017. Transgender people ― particularly trans people of color ― face disproportionate violence compared to the rest of the LGBTQ community. GLAAD reports that 2016 was the deadliest year on record for the transgender community, with 26 reported murders ― almost entirely transgender women of color.
AGoFundMe hasbeen set up to help Steinfeld’s family with funeral expenses.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.