This has been a tough month, no doubt about it. From Repent Amarillo targeting teenaged girls to the Pittsburgh Dyke Trans March being TERFd (and possibly secretly recorded), it has been an exhausting month.
But the worst has happened – a fourth trans woman of color has been found murdered, this time in Walnut Hills, Ohio just outside of Cincinnati. From Outlook Columbus:
A 28-year-old transgender woman was found dead yesterday morning in the middle of a Cincinnati street.
Tiffany Edwards had been shot to death, according to news reports, which said her body was discovered about 8 a.m. Thursday by a city sanitation driver.
Tiff is the fourth trans woman of color to be murdered in June, 2013 and the fourth trans woman murdered in Ohio in the past 18 months.
Per the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, in California, Zoraida Reyes’s body was discovered on Thursday June 12th behind a Dairy Queen, her death has been ruled suspicious by investigators because it is believed her body was moved to that location, but has not yet been ruled a homicide. On June 3rd, the body of Kandy Hall was discovered in a field in Northeast Baltimore in what local police believe to be a homicide. And on June 19th, the body of Yaz’min Shancez was found behind a Budget Truck Rental on Powell Street in Fort Myers, Florida. According to local media reports, local police believe her death to be a homicide, and her body had been burned.
Prior to this, in Ohio alone:
• Cemia “CeCe” Dove, 20, was killed in January 2013 and her body was found three months later in a pond outside Cleveland. Andrey Bridges, 36, was convicted in November and sentenced to life in prison.
• Betty Skinner, 52, was found dead in her Cleveland apartment in December by a home health worker.
• Nicole Kidd Stergis, 22, was found dead in a car in Cleveland, also in December. She had been beaten to death. Delshawn Carroll, 19, was arrested and charged with aggravated murder earlier this month.
Of course, Ohio media misgendered Tiff, dishonoring her even in the aftermath of a brutal death. So I’m asking you to honor Tiff’s life and the lives of her sisters – CeCe, Betty, Nicole, Zoraida, Kandy and Yaz’min however you can. Whether that be prayer, thoughts, righteous anger, volunteering or by being extra attentive to the trans women in your lives – let’s put some good energy out there to offset these terrible losses.
The Buckeye Region Anti Violence Organization seems to be taking the lead in coordinating a community response to this violent act and will hopefully provide details on final arrangements.
We MUST take care of one another, my friends.
Rest in peace. Rest in power, Tiff.
UPDATE from Monica Roberts at TransGriot:
TransGriot Update: Cincinnati Police are looking for Quamar Edwards in connection with the murder of Tiffany.
Quamar Edwards is 5’10” inches and weighs 250 pounds. Edwards was last known to live in the 1000 Block of Winfield Ave Cincinnati, Ohio 45205 in West Price Hill.
Edwards should be considered Armed and Dangerous……..Help Police get Edwards off the Street!
If you have information that will assist in bringing him to justice please call 513-352-3040.