Maria Moore is the sister of Kayla Moore, a Black transgener woman who was killed by Berkeley police in her own home on February 12, 2013. Police had come to her home in response to a call for help from her roommate because Moore was experiencing a mental health crisis. Instead of escorting Moore to a medical facility as requested, the officers attempted to arrest her on a warrant for a man 20 years her senior, who had the same name Moore was given at birth. Several officers overpowered Moore in her own bedroom, suffocating her to death in the process. Afterward, officers delayed monitoring her vital signs, referred to her using transgender slurs, and failed to administer adequate life-saving treatment. Moore’s body was also exposed during and after the police assault.