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Missouri is the first state to execute an openly transgender woman

Amber McLaughlin
FILE – This photo provided by the Federal Public Defender Office shows death row inmate Amber McLaughlin. Unless Missouri Gov. Mike Parson grants clemency, McLaughlin was put to death Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, for a 2003 killing, becoming what is believed to be the first transgender woman executed in the U.S. (Jeremy S. Weis/Federal Public Defender Office via AP, File)

(BONNE TERRE, Missouri)– A Missouri inmate was executed Wednesday by lethal injection Tuesdaybecoming the first openly transgender person executed in the United States.

Amber McLaughlin, 49, was convicted of stalking and killing a former girlfriend, then dumping the body near the Mississippi River in St. Louis.

McLaughlin said in her last statement to the DOC: “I am sorry for what I did. I am a loving and caring person.”

The execution happened at 6:39 p.m. at the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in Bonne Terre, Missouri, where she was given a lethal injection of pentobarbital and was pronounced dead a few minutes later.