Transgender woman describes hate-filled attack that almost killed her

The staples keeping Daniela Calderon Rivera’s skin together look like a zipper down her abdomen.

Stitches and scars mark her right arm. There’s an exit wound on her back.
She was shot six times in an apparently hate-fueled attack by a stranger she thought would kill her.
She survived. But her fear is far from over.
Calderon Rivera lives in Dallas, where there has been a string of brutal attacks on transgender women in the last few years.
And Texas, along with Maryland, leads the nation for deaths of transgender people through violence this year, according to the LGBTQ advocacy group the Human Rights Campaign.

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