Showing posts with label TDoR 2022. Show all posts
Showing posts with label TDoR 2022. Show all posts

8/1/22

Transgender woman fatally Shot in East Houston Friday

 Marisela Castro / Houston Chronicle

A Transgender woman was shot in the back of her head and left for dead on a street in East Houston Friday morning.

The Houston Chronicle has identified the victim as Marisela Castro, who recently moved to Houston from North Carolina to be closer to her Family.

Houston police detectives told ABC13 that the shooting happened very quickly, in just 10 seconds.

The victim was shot in the back in the middle of Wood Shadows Drive near the East Freeway around 1:45 a.m. Friday, police said.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives said the victim was driving her car -- a four-door maroon Chrysler 200 -- with two other people also inside.

Police said the woman stopped the car on Centerwood Drive at Wood Shadows Drive, and she and a man got out.

That's when the suspect fired one shot from behind before getting back in the car and taking off, according to HPD.

"Our victim stepped out of the vehicle, was driving another person - it's hard to say - they were dressed in black, possibly a male," Det. Sgt. Thomas Simmons said. "They got out of the backseat. There was one gunshot fired. The victim fell. The suspect returned to the back of the vehicle. The vehicle left."

According to the TDoR TransLivesMatter website, Castro is the 55th trans person murdered in the USA since the 2019 TDoR.

Rest in Peace Marisela Castro.

Investigators are urging anyone with information about the incident to contact the HPD Homicide Division at (713) 308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at (713) 222-8477.

3/23/22

Chicago Transgender woman Tatiana Labelle found dead in a trash bin

 

Tatiana Labelle.
Tatiana Labelle / Facebook

Tatiana ("Tee Tee") Labelle, 33, was found dead five days after being reported missing in a trash can Friday afternoon in Chatham on the South Side of Chicago.

The police say that she was beaten to death. An autopsy ruled her death a homicide.

Trigger warning deadnaming

"It is heartbreaking for someone to beat her to death and throw her in the trash like she was garbage," said her sister Shameika Thomas.

The TDoR Trans Lives Matters project reports that Tatiana Labelle is the 30th trans person to be murdered since the 2021 TDoR and the second transgender homicide to take place in the Chicago area during March.

R.I.P. Tatiana ("Tee Tee") Labelle

1/5/22

Florida Transgender woman's Death Being Investigated as Suspicious

Duval Princess / TransGriot

Transgender woman Duval Princess was found unresponsive in the parking lot of the Ceil Luxury Apartments, Jacksonville Florida on January 2, 2022, shortly before 2 am.

Officers initially responded to a report of a traffic crash at Ciel Luxury Apartments on Skyway Drive shortly after 2 a.m. Upon arrival, they found a woman lying outside of a car in the parking lot.

First Coast News in an article dated January, 2nd reported her as an unidentified man.

However, local black advocates contacted TransGriot informing the trans news outlet that the victim was a transgender woman who went by the name Duval Princess.

Duval Princess was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead. However, medical staff at the hospital told investigators that the woman's injuries were not consistent with a traffic accident. After receiving this information, JSO's homicide unit responded to the scene.

Detectives are currently treating the investigation as a suspicious death and said foul play is suspected.

The cause of death is pending an autopsy from the medical examiner's office.

Update: The National Black TransLiberation Movement shared the following Facebook:

"Only 26 hours into the new year, and the fatal shooting of a Black Trans/ GNC person occurred in Jacksonville, FL. Tevin Robinson, also known as the Duval Princess, was found unresponsive in the parking lot of an apartment complex. Robinson was initially transported to a local hospital because of injuries that were believed to be sustained in an automobile accident; however, a postmortem evaluation indicated the presence of fatal gunshot wounds. Robinson was 24 yrs. old."

For those wishing to help with final arrangements, the family has set-up a GoFundMe

As police continue to investigate, JSO is looking for surveillance videos or witnesses that can provide information on how the man died.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call JSO's non-emergency number at 904-630-0500 or email JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org. You can also remain anonymous by calling First Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.

R.I.P. Duval Princess

1/2/22

Pittsburgh Trans Woman Amarey Lej (Myara) Found Dead New Years Morning

Amarey Lej (Myara) / STK Embrace Life Media

Transgender woman Amarey Lej (Myara) was found dead at 6am Jan. 1st by police responding to a report of a woman lying in the street on the 1300 block of Wood Street, Wilkinsburg, PA. Police determined that Amarey Lej died from a fatal gunshot wound.

Amarey Lej was a coach for the Lady Diamonds πŸ’Ž & Rams Org. youth dance team and remembered by friends as a positive light for her community.

Homicide detectives with Allegheny County Police have launched an investigation. They ask anyone with information about this incident to call the County Police Tip Line 1-833-ALL-TIPS.

Rest In Peace Amarey Lej.

12/28/21

Indy Trans woman shot Christmas weekend dies next day

Ke’Yahonna Stone
Ke’Yahonna Stone

Black Trans woman, Ke’Yahonna Stone, 32,  was shot while attempting to break up a fight in front of a nightclub in Indianapolis, IN,. on 12/26/2021 at about 3 AM. Police responding to a call said that Stone was taken to a local hospital at 5:30am and put on life support.

Friends and family say she was out at the northeast-side nightclub Epic Ultra Lounge in the Castle Run Shopping Center for a night of fun when she tried to intervene in some kind of fight. That’s when someone started shooting, and she got hit according to Wish TV.

Ke’Yahonna Stone died on December 28 according to posts on social media made by family and friends.


Anyone with information about the shooting should contact Michael Wright by calling detective Michael Wright by calling the IMPD Homicide Office at 317-327-3475 or sending an email to Michael.Wright@Indy.Gov

Rest In Peace Ke’Yahonna Stone

12/4/21

Bay Area Transgender woman killed on Castro Street Friday Morning

Nikai David
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 Remebering our dead project reports that a record high 74 US trans deaths were mourned during the 2021 TDoR and 12 deaths have been reported to date for the 2022 TDoR.

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.

Media Resources:

Trans Lives Matter Info.

Transgender Europe(TGEU) TDoR project

Rest In Peace Nikai David

12/1/21

19-year-old transgender teen Haley Gabriella Feldmann ends her Life

Haley Gabriella Feldmann
Haley Gabriella Feldmann / Family

Haley Gabriella Feldmann grew up surrounded by a loving and accepting family, But tragically this hateful world was too much for her. Haley at the age of 19 ended her life on November 12, 2021.

According to the The TDoR project there have been 12 deaths not counting the suicide of Haley Gabriella Feldmann since the begining of the the 2022 reporting period.

On the November 20, 2021at the TDoR vigil we mourned a record 74 deaths in the United states. A full list can be found here.

Obituary for Haley Gabriella Feldmann

Haley Gabriella Feldmann was born on November 18, 2002. She was called boy and so we gave her a boy name—now a dead name. We gave her boy clothes, boy toys, boy things. We didn’t know she was our daughter and so we called her son and brother. Haley spent the first several years of her life content, within and without. She knew nothing of judgment or ridicule. She knew nothing but the love of her family, which she gave back in abundance.

During her adolescent years she retreated into herself and we lost her. She became silent . . . distant. She built formidable walls that became impossible to breach, and she stubbornly refused to grant us passage. She had begun to grow afraid of the world as she began to understand herself and who she was, and the reality of her situation became apparent. The more she learned of how the world would judge her for not being who it thought she should be, the more she withdrew. She was an atheist, unable to believe in any religion or deity that taught condemnation of her for not submitting to its beliefs of who she should be. She was a child of God, made perfectly in his image, her body only a vessel for the beautiful soul He created and with which He graced us. She laughed and she loved, and though her humor was dark, her nature was light. Her kindness, her empathy, her hope for others, and her desire to help anyone in need was a blinding light she shone on everyone but herself.

Haley gave us the gift of her truth, trusted us to see beyond her body to her soul, to believe her, and to love her. We will always be grateful for the chance to have her as she was and not who we had thought her to be. Now we call her daughter and sister and we closed ranks around her to protect her and to keep her safe from the willful ignorance that surrounds her.

Our daughter Haley spent most days wreaking havoc on the universe, her time spent being “Imperial Empress of the Galaxies, Conqueror of Solar Systems, Creator of Planets and Nations, Destroyer of Stars”, and loving and adoring Lucy, her best friend and the Best Dog Ever, who loved and adored her in equal measure. She created her own language with a full alphabet and rules, spending years revising and perfecting it, and, in typical Haley fashion, did not leave a key. She created her own maps, detailed in geography, and her own countries, rich in their histories. She dropped out of school and then graduated before her peers, which made her immensely proud. She taught herself history, geography, politics, and never hesitated to school anyone on the finer points of each. And she was usually correct.

Haley lived most comfortably in a Discord community of just under six hundred people from all over the world, each of whom loved and adored her. We are just beginning to learn of her profound impact within the community and we are grateful they had her and she was loved by them. Her soul was radiant there, unhindered by its physical representation here which had become a prison, freeing her to breathe and be.

Haley ended her life on November 12, 2021, her pain being too great. She had grown weary of the knowledge of her reality, knowing this country and this world would never stop trying to force her to submit to its ignorance, and her family rages for her. We would’ve burned the whole world down if we’d thought it would keep her safe, and our fury and outrage is eclipsed only by our grief. We struggle against the currents that try to carry us away from love, for those currents only take us further from her. And she is far enough, already.

Haley is survived by her devastated parents, David and Christina Feldmann; her siblings, Jacob Fruge, Joshua Smith, Ian Feldmann, Matthew Kostelecky, Tristan Smith, Alex Feldmann, Zethan Feldmann, Jazlyn Feldmann, and Sam Curtiss; her grandparents; several aunts, uncles, and cousins; and Lucy, all of whom are inconsolable in the loss of her brilliance, consumed with a grief that has buried us in moments of silence, rage, and sorrow—a void that will never be filled, and a loss that will never be eased. The world is less without her and we will never be the same.

There will be no formal services for Haley. She considered money spent on the dead to be frivolous and of better use elsewhere. Any donations to her family should be sent to The Jim Collins Foundation in hope that a life might be saved. In lieu of thoughts and prayers, her family asks that you be kind to the living and generous with what you have, be it your love, hope, or wealth. Do better unto others as you would have done to you, and reach back to those in need, lift them up, raise them higher, and love love love thy neighbor. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at: www.silhafuneralhomes.com

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Haley Gabriella Feldmann please visit our Sympathy Store.


Rest In Peace Haley Gabriella Feldmann

11/12/21

Police seek information about the murder of Tampa trans woman Jenny De Leon

Jenny De Leon
Jenny De Leon / 

Officers found 25-year-old transgender woman Jenny De Leon, dead around 6am in the 8500 block of 9th Street, Tampa, Florida on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021.

Police are treating her death as a homicide.

Detectives need tips to help bring the person or people responsible for her death to justice. If you know anything about Jenny’s death or have any information about suspicious circumstances in the early morning hours of November 2, 2021, please call Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay, Inc. at 1-800-873-8477. Case# 21-463329

Jenny, a homeless woman who was often seen in the Sulpher Springs area of Tampa had sought assistance from Tampa PFAG which posted about her on Facebook:

 "PFLAG Tampa is devastated to hear of the recent murder of Jenny De Leon,” the organization shared following the news. “Jenny, like many of the youth we encounter, attended our chapter meetings seeking support in the beginning of her transition, ultimately finding placement in a home through two PFLAG Tampa members. Jenny was an enigmatic, bright soul with enough energy to fill any room."

Viewing will be held on Saturday, November 13, by the family which is attempting to raise enough money to pay for it. So far the family has raised a small portion of the 13,000 dollar goal. Any assistance with this would be highly appreciated.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, November 13th 2021 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the Boza & Roel Funeral Hom (4730 N Armenia Ave, Tampa, FL 33603). A funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 13th 2021 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the same location.

Please consider donating to her sister's Facebook Fundraiser, and give Jenny and her family the help that they need. 

 R.I.P. Jenny De Leon

11/3/21

Transgender woman's throat slashed in Tbilisi, Georgia, suspect arrested

Photo / rustavi2.ge/ka/news

  On the night of November 1, 2021, a 38-year-old transwoman by the name of A.G. was murdered in a Thai massage salon in Tbilisi, Georgia. 

The suspect stabbed her in her throat after she refused to provide services not offered by the business.

Employees of the center recall the incident in detail. They recount that a confrontation took place between the massage specialist and the customer after the customer requested additional services in addition to the massage, which he was refused.

 "Everything happened very quickly, someone knocked, the girl opened it, then a man stabbed her in the throat. We did not know this man before, we had not seen him. It happened, we know nothing more. The dead girl had no problem with anyone, she was a very good person." - said one of the employees of the center.
Photo / Front News 
Front News reports that Georgian police have arrested 23-year-old man for stabbing a 38-year-old Thai transgender woman in one of the massage centres in central Tbilisi on Sunday and for injuring another transgender woman in the same centre. 

 The detainee, who is allegedly a citizen of Georgia, has been charged with premeditated murder and may face 7 to 15 years in prsion if found guilty.

The massage centre employees say that the citizen of Thailand arrived in Georgia two weeks ago. They said that three individuals came to the centre on October 31 and left after some time. However, one of them, who allegedly was denied to receive a particular service, returned with a knife and stabbed two employees of the centre.

The health condition of another injured transgender woman is stable.

10/28/21

Transgender Mall Guard, Jo Acker Shot and Killed Protecting Others

Jo Acker



26-year-old transgender woman Jo Acker was shot Monday morning at a Boise Idaho Mall where she worked when she ran towards a man shooting mall patrons. 

The mass shooting would have been worse according to her sister, who said protecting others came naturally to her. 

Acker’s sister tells 11 News she had an enormous heart of gold and would do anything for anybody no matter what. “Confronting someone whom she viewed to be a threat to others or a bully was entirely within her character even prior to enlisting,” said Tiffany Luna, Jo Acker’s oldest sister.

 Previously Jo Acker served as a forward observer in the US Army.

Boise Police responded Monday just after 2 p.m. to reports of gunfire and at least one person wounded at Boise Towne Square. When officers arrived, they encountered a person matching the description of the shooting suspect and an exchange of gunfire followed, according to Boise Police Chief Ryan Lee. 

The incident left three dead including the shooting suspect, Boise Police announced Tuesday. Five others were injured.

Luna says there has been an outpouring of support and messages the family has received about the impacts Acker had on them. 

 “We have had people messaging us to tell us how she helped them, how she saved them, and we are so thankful for the love and support we are receiving.” 

 Acker’s oldest sister says she would want everyone to remember to choose love and to not make this tragic incident about something else. She says Acker would want people to focus on telling those that you love how much you love and care about them because you never know if you will get another chance to do so.

 Acker has a 3-year-old daughter, 5 sisters, and a step-brother.

A verified GoFundMe has been set up by Karyn Kennedy, one of her older sisters to help with funeral expenses and to help set up a bright future for Everay, the daughter left behind.

 Rest In Peace Jo Acker.