|Nikai David / KTVU|
Oakland Police responding to a report of shots fired at 4am Friday morning found transgender woman Nikai David, 33, on Castro Street suffering from a gunshot wound.
She died at the scene.
"Nikai was really sweet. She was a happy, fun person,"
Ashlee Banks told KTVU that she is saddened that Nikai David of Hayward, a friend she considered to be a sister, was shot and killed.
"I was really devastated when I found out, when I got the news," said Banks.
Police said at this point there is no evidence of a hate crime and do not have a suspect in custody.
The TDoR, a transgender-led initiative began record-keeping in 1999 by a small group, including Gwendolyn Ann Smith, to memorialize the murder of transgender woman Rita Hester in Allston, Massachusetts. By 2010, TDoR was observed in over 185 cities throughout more than 20 countries.