A 17-year old transgender teenager was found brutally murdered in Cabool, Missouri.

A 17-year old transgender teenager was found brutally murdered in Cabool, Missouri.

Ally Lee Steinfeld, who had recently come out as transgender in May, had her eyes gouged out and her genitals stabbed before her burnt remains were stuffed into a plastic bag. Her remains were found in chicken coop near a mobile home where she lived in Cabool. Her family had reported her missing on September 14th.

Four youths have been charged with her murder including three suspects who she lived with, 24-year-old Briana Calderas and 18-year-olds Andrew Vrba and Isis Schauer. The three have been charged with first-degree murder and abandonment of a corpse. The fourth suspect is 25-year-old James Grigsby. He was charged with abandonment of a corpse and tampering with evidence. The suspects are all being held without bond.

Steinfeld’s family had told police they believed the suspects were lying about Ally’s whereabouts. When questioned, Schauer had told the police that she last say Steinfeld leaving the home after a confrontation with Vrba. According to a report by Yahoo News, a sheriff’s deputy obtained permission to look at her phone and saw Facebook messages from Schauer ordering Vrba to “stick to the story” and “quit talking”. According to case documents, Vrba later admitted he killed Steinfeld while Schauer also admitted she knew of the murder and helped to dispose of Steinfeld’s body. Vrba also admitted to detectives that the trio had burned Steinfeld’s body and later disposed of it by putting the remains in a plastic bag and hiding it in a chicken coop. He additionally revealed that he tried to poison Steinfeld initially, but when she refused to drink the liquid, “he used a knife instead.”

A 17-year old transgender teenager was found brutally murdered in Cabool, Missouri.
Isis Schauer, Andrew Vrba, James Grigsby and Briana Calderas have all been charged in connection with Ally Steinfeld’s death. (KANSAS CITY STAR VIA TEXAS COUNTY)

Steinfeld’s sister, Ashleigh Boswell, spoke with Springfield’s News-Leader and described Ally as “a very loving, outgoing person” who “didn’t like conflict whatsoever.” A GoFundMe page has been created to assist the family with funeral expenses.

Ally Lee Steinfeld is the 21st confirmed transgender person murdered this year.

Rest in power Ally Lee Steinfeld.

Here are the names of the 21 victims of transgender murders in 2017:

Mesha Caldwell, 41 years old

Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow, 28 years old

JoJo Striker, 23 years old

Jaqarrius Holland, 18 years old

Keke Collier, 24 years old

Chyna Gibson, 31 years old

Ciara McElveen, 21 years old

Alphonza Watson, 38 years old

Chay Reed, 28 years old

Kenneth Bostick, 59 years old

Sherrell Faulkner, 46 years old

Kenne McFadden, 26 years old

Josie Berrios, 28 years old

Ava Le’Ray Barrin, 17 years old

Ebony Morgan, 28 years old

TeeTee Dangerfield, 32 years old

Gwynevere River Song, 26 years old

Kiwi Herring, 30 years old

Kashmire Redd, 28 years old

Derricka Banner, 26 years old

Ally Lee Steinfeld, 17 years old

  • CosmicCowboy

    Of course this was a hate crime motivated by the victims gender Identity. Why else would the perpetrator(s) stab her genitals? That act itself was motivated by the perpetrator’s twisted and sick trans-phobia. People in these places (backwater Missouri) who live in poor areas are all too often very uneducated and ignorant. This whole story is horrifyingly tragic and sad doesn’t even begin to describe it.