Brooklyn BreYanna Stevenson was found dead in a motel room in Oklahoma City on Monday, November 27, 2017. She was 31 years old. She is now the 24th transgender person known to be murdered in the United States during 2017. Her death comes just a week after the Transgender Day of Remembrance honored victims of anti-trans violence.
Police responded to a call of a disturbance at the hotel, discovering Brooklyn’s body. Sadly, the original and local reporting misgenders and deadnames Brooklyn.
According to media reports, Brooklyn was in the midst of legally changing her name. Her family issued a statement to the media:
Brooklyn Stevenson’s family released a statement to the TV station, saying, “We are heartbroken. Brooklyn BreYanna was an amazing daughter, sister and friend with a giving and loving heart. We pray that those who committed this heinous crime will be identified and Brooklyn will receive justice.” The family has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to help with burial costs.
Brooklyn’s mother, Veronica, posted on the GoFundMe page:
I can tell from the outpouring of love that I have been receiving via Facebook, Instant Messenger, phone calls and texts that Brooklyn was loved by many and will truly be missed by all of you.
If you have information that can help police, call the Homicide Tip Line at 405-297-1200.
Rest in power, Brooklyn BreYanna. Your life touched many and your death is grieved by friends, family, and neighbors across the world.
- Mesha Caldwell – Mississippi (January 4), 41 years old
- Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow – Sioux Falls (January 7), 28 years old
- JoJo Striker – Toledo, Ohio (February 8), 23 years old
- KeKe Collier – Chicago (February 21), 24 years old
- Chyna Gibson – New Orleans (February 25), 31 years old
- Ciara McElveen – New Orleans (February 27), 26 years old
- Jaquarrius Holland (Brown) – Monroe, Louisiana (February 19), 18 years old
- Alphonza Watson – Baltimore (March 22), 38 years old
- Chay Reed – Miami-Dade (April 19), 28 years old
- Brenda Bostick – New York City (April 25), 59 years old
- Sherrell Faulkner – Charlotte, NC (May 16), 46 years old
- Kenne McFadden – San Antonio (June 6), 27 years old
- Josie Berrios – Ithaca, NY (June 13), 28 years old
- Ava Le’Ray Barrin – Athens, GA (June 25), 17 years old
- Ebony Monroe – Lynchburg, VA (July 2), 28 years old
- Tee Tee Dangerfield – Atlanta, GA (July 31), 32 years old
- Gwynevere River Song – Waxahachie, TX (August 12), 26 years old
- Kiwi Herring – St. Louis (August 22), 30 years old
- Kashmire Redd – Gates, NY ( September 4), 28 years old
- Derricka Banner – Charlotte, NC (September 12), 26 years old
- Ally Steinfeld – Texas County, MO (September 4*), 17 years old – date still to be confirmed
- Stephanie Montez – Robstown, TX (October 21), 47 years old
- Candace Towns – Macon, GA (October 31), 30 years old
- Brooklyn BreYanna Stevenson – Oklahoma City, OK (November 27), 31 years old