A 28-year-old woman from Ohio on Wednesday became the 19th transgender person to be murdered in the United States this year.

James Allen Byrd, an ex-boyfriend of the victim's mother, is accused of killing Rae'Lynn Thomas.

Byrd was living with Rae'Lynn and her mother, Renee Thomas, in their Columbus home, WBNS reported.

Renee described the incident: “He was in the bedroom and he just came around the corner and shot [Rae'Lynn].” Byrd, Renee said, continued to beat Rae'Lynn. She said that the last thing she heard was her daughter pleading with her not to “leave her.” “Mom, I'm dying,” Renee said her daughter told her.

Renee said that Byrd, who is being held on a $2 million bond, should “spend his life in prison.”

Rae'Lynn's aunt, Shannon Thomas, told reporters that she believes the killing was a hate crime.

This year is shaping up to be deadlier than 2015, in which 21 transgender women were killed.