Transgender advocates in Puerto Rico claim murders in the U.S. territory are severely under reported.

According to the International Transgender Day of Remembrance's website, only one Puerto Rican transgender woman, 31-year-old Ashley Santiago Ocasio, was murdered in 2010 and none are listed for 2011.

Sophia Isable Marro Cruz, the spokeswoman for Transexuales y Transgeneros en Marcha (Transexuals and Transgenders on the Move), told Hispanically Speaking News that the number should be much higher.

“The most notorious was Karlota, a 19 year old who was murdered on gay pride day in Santurce. But that isn't the only murder here. We know of one young woman who was murdered in Ponce in September. Two more were shot and then run over in the south near that same time. Another was shot in a fight while trying to help another woman. The last one was beaten until she died. We even think there's another one from Manatí, in the northern part of the island, but we cannot confirm it yet,” Marro Cruz said.

“None of these cases have been considered by the state as hate crimes despite offenders even admitting that their motivation was the 'homosexual panic,'” she added. “This shows an extreme level of homophobia and transphobia.”

Marro Cruz spoke out during the 13th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, which took place on Sunday.