Police say Ally Steinfeld was stabbed multiple times, her eyes gouged out and her body burned earlier this month at a home in Cabool, which is located in the Ozarks.
However LGBT advocates demand Steinfeld's gender identity is considered as a factor in the murder. Her family had reported her missing on September 14, saying they hadn't seen the teen in a couple of weeks, the Associated Press reported in a story that misgenders Steinfeld.
Schauer told the investigating deputy that Steinfield and Vrba allegedly had a physical altercation on September 3 at the home of Calderas, but that no one had seen Steinfield since then.
The mobile home belonged to 24-year-old Brianna Calderas, who was arrested with 18-year-olds Isis Schauer and Andrew Vrba. She began dating Ms Caldera, one of her alleged killers, soon after. Calderas then contacted James Grigsby, 25, and recruited him to help move and hide Steinfeld's body, according to Grigsby's statements to police.
Schauer and Calderas said Vrba told them he also gouged out her eyes and stabbed her genitals repeatedly. Vrba told police he had bragged about the murder to friends, going into gory details of how he tortured and killed her.
-Andrew Vrba, 18, charged with first-degree murder, abandonment of a corpse. Another suspect, James T. Grigsby, was charged today abandonment of a corpse and tampering with evidence.
Steinfeld identified herself as transgender in several posts on social media: In a May Instagram post she wrote, "I coming out I am mtf I hope all u guys support me".
"I am proud to be me I am proud to be trans I am attractive I don't care what people think", she wrote. Vrba says he had attempted to poison her, but when she refused to drink the poison he resorted to stabbing her.
Steinfeld is believed to be the 21st trans person killed since the start of the year.
Responding to Steinfeld's horrific death, family said they weren't sure if Steinfeld's gender identity was reason for the killing. "It just don't make any sense".
"It is a grisly awful series of heinous acts by the accused", Texas County Prosecutor Parke Stevens Jr.
"I am proud to be me I am proud to be trans I am attractive I don't care what people think", she said in one post earlier this year.
Though no motive has been offered, authorities say that Steinfeld's being transgender had nothing to do with her death.
This is believed to be at least the 21st murder of a transgender person this year in the United States alone. The hatred must stop.
On Tuesday, Steinfeld's Facebook page was filled with messages from mourners: "Rest in Peace, Ally".
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