Friday, authorities in North Carolina announced that they had discovered the body of 20-year-old Elisha Walker, a trans woman of color who had been missing since
The body of Elisha Walker, a 20-year-old transgender woman who had been missing for almost a year, was found in a “crude grave” in Johnston County, North Carolina. According to advocates and local media, the discovery was made more than 100 miles from Walker’s home in Salisbury, North Carolina.
A Latin Kings gang member, Angel Dejesus Arias, 23, was arrested and charged with killing Walker and stealing her car, reports said on Thursday. He was being held without bond.
Elisha is the 5th trans woman of color whose death was reported this past week. Five in one week.
Elisha’s disappearance last October barely hit the media. She was misgendered. She was MISSING and the media was distributing inaccurate information. That’s quite a statement about the value of trans women.
Papi Edwards, 20, Louisville, January 9Lamia Beard, 30, Norfolk on January 17Ty Underwood, 24, Tyler TX on January 26Yazmin Vash Payne, 33, LA on January 31Taja de Jesus, 36, San Fran February 1Penny Proud, 21, New Orleans February 10Bri Golec, 22, Akron on February 13Kristina Grant Infiniti, 47, Miami on February 15London Chanel, 21, Philadelphia on May 18Mercedes Williamson, 17, Alabama on May 30India Clarke, 25, Tampa on July 22K.C. Haggard, 66, Fresno on July 23Amber Monroe, 20, Detroit on August 8Ms. Shade Schuler, 22, Dallas, date of death unknownAshton O’Hara, 25, Detroit, July 14Kandis Capri, 35, Phoenix, August 11Elisha Walker, 25, Smithfield NC, date of death unknown
The hashtags #SayHerName and #BlackTransLivesMatter are lifting these trans people up while national media and many activists pay little attention. The most important thing we can do as a community is listen to trans women of color and respond to their needs. They cannot bear this weight, grief and anger alone. We must repeat the names of these individuals and demand justice for them.