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Trans Man Ray Muscat Fatally Shot in Michigan

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at least the 13th trans, nonbinary, or gender-nonconforming American to have died by violence in 2022.Police said he was shot by his girlfriend, trans woman Ruby Taverner, 22, who subsequently died by suicide, Law & Crime reports.

Her body was discovered Monday near the apartment complex where she and Muscat lived. Her brother Bishop Taverner, 25, was also fatally shot in the apartment Sunday, and authorities believe Ruby Taverner was responsible for his death as well.“This tragic situation has now been brought to a close, and our investigators will now pivot to see if we can answer the question on everyone’s mind — why,” Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said in a press release, according to the site.Muscat was interested in anime and cosplay, and frequently attended conventions “to have fun and show off their unmatched talent and creativity,” notes an obituary, which deadnamed him.

He had worked at Meijer, a big-box retailer, for several years, and customers and colleagues there knew him “as a kind soul who had a glowing smile,” according to the obit.

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