Four charged in death of transgender Missouri teen

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Four people have been charged in relation to the death of Ally Lee Steinfield of Houston, Mo. She is the 21st transgender person to be killed in the United States this year.

The Springfield News-Leader, which misgendered and referred to Ally under her old name of Joseph, reported that the charges included first-degree murder, armed criminal action and abandonment of a corpse.

From the News-Leader:

Two young women told authorities they helped burn a 17-year-old’s body after a man gouged out the teen’s eyes, repeatedly stabbed the teen and bragged about the killing in Texas County, according to court records.

The details were included in case documents filed after the arrests of Andrew Vrba and Isis Schauer, who are both 18, and 24-year-old Briana Calderas. The three were arraigned in a Texas County courtroom Monday on charges including first-degree murder, armed criminal action and abandonment of a corpse in the death of Joseph Steinfeld, also known as Joey or Ally.

Joey’s sister Ashleigh Boswell said Joey talked to the family about being transgender and possibly having gender-reassignment surgery one day.

Boswell said Joey was “a very loving, outgoing person” who “didn’t like conflict whatsoever.”

When asked if the family thought Joey’s gender identity might have been a factor in the alleged killing, Boswell said they didn’t know.