Horrible news at the end of a largely horrible year:
Julie Berman, 51, based in Toronto, had for years exerted energy in raising awareness of the rocketing rates of anti-trans violence across the city.
She lit candles and delivered potent and inspirational speeches at Transgender Day of Remembrance vigils, loved ones and colleagues said.
But according to authorities, she was killed in a downtown boarding home near the corner of Brunswick Avenue and Harbord Street, a residential neighbourhood with fish and chips eateries and university accommodation.
Toronto Police said officers were called to the scene, near Bathurst and Bloor Streets, at around 2:20pm on December 20, the Toronto Sun reported.