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Asia Jynaé Foster

Age 22

20 Nov 2020
Houston, Texas (USA)

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Asia Jynaé Foster
Asia Jynaé Foster [photo:]

Asia was found in the street with multiple gunshot wounds on Friday 20th November - the Trans Day of Remembrance. Police suspect she had been killed elsewhere and her body dumped.

HOUSTON – The body of a 22-year-old Black Trans woman was found Friday by Houston Police in the southwestern part of the city near Skyline Drive and Greenridge Drives suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. She was found on the Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day set to memorialize Trans victims of acts of violence.

Asia Jynaé Foster was a client of Houston’s Montrose Grace Place, a drop-in shelter for LGBTQ+ young people experiencing homelessness and needing assistance in other aspects of their lives. Foster is the 38th transgender person to die in an act of violence in 2020 and the third in Texas this year.

A spokesperson for the Houston Police told the Blade and other media outlets that investigators think that Foster was shot to death at another location and then her body was dumped where she was found. Police investigators have no motive or further details at this point and are asking for the public’s help. Police ask that anyone with information call Crime Stoppers at (713) 222-TIPS (8477).

“It should be lost on no one that Asia passed away on Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day meant to honor the trans members of our community whose lives have been stolen due to anti-trans violence,” said Montrose Grace Place’s executive director David J. Johns.

A vigil for Asia was held at the Montrose Grace Place center in Houston on Sunday 22nd November.

Asia was a Houston native. She worked at a local business and had been involved in Job Corp. She liked racing themed video games. Her social media is filled with the ups and downs, the joys and angst of any American young twentysomething.

Community members and loved ones gathered in Houston on Sunday for a candlelight vigil to honor Asia’s life.

Asia is the 38th victim of this epidemic of transphobic violence engulfing the nation. She is the 24th Black trans person and the 21st Black trans woman murdered. She is one of 15 victims age 25 or younger. Asia is the 3rd Texan transgender woman murdered in 2020.

Rest in power, Asia. You deserved so much, many years to live and love, to embrace life and enjoy your adulthood. I am so sorry.

There are no leads to share at this point. We don’t know who did this or why.

She deserved better.

In October 2022 Jermal Richards, 32, was charged with Asia's murder.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Two years after a 22-year-old transgender woman, , was murdered, Houston police arrested a suspect on Thursday.

Jermal Richards, 32, is now charged with killing Asia Foster after he allegedly dumped her body on a side road west of the Houston Galleria area in November 2020.

Asia's Facebook and Instagram profiles are and

Report added: 6 Dec 2020. Last updated: 8 Oct 2022

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