Over the Memorial Day weekend, I read about the death of a Black trans woman in a triple homicide in Detroit.
From The Advocate:
“Officers responded to a call at 5 a.m. in the 3400 block of Devonshire where an unknown gunman shot a 21-year-old man, a 20-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman. The two men died at the scene, and the woman was transported to a local hospital in critical condition, police said. She died later that day of her injuries, police said.“
It has taken many, many days to confirm her identity and the horrifying reality that all three victims were part of the LGBTQ community.
A Detroit man has been charged with killing three people who prosecutors say were targeted because of their sexuality.
Devon Robinson, 19, of Detroit is facing three counts of first-degree murder in the May 25 shootings of Alunte Davis, 21, Paris Cameron, 20, and Timothy Blancher, 20, all of Detroit, in a home on Devonshire on the city’s east side, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said Thursday.
Two other victims were also shot but survived.
Worthy’s office said Davis and Blancher were gay men. Cameron was a transgender woman.
Three Black queer and trans young adults gunned down in a bloody weekend in Detroit because they EXISTED. I can’t ever wrap my mind around that much less find a way to write this post.
Paris deserved better and I want to simply acknowledge her because this brutal killing is the epitome of how our intersecting identities are very much front and center in our lived lives. It matters that Paris was a Black woman, a Black trans woman, a trans woman, and that she died alongside two other young Black gay men. It matters that they were so young. It all matters, but it took over a week to just be able to say her name.
My list of transgender neighbors lost during the calendar year 2019.
- Dana Martin – Montgomery, Alabama. January 6, 2019. Age: 31.
- Ashanti Carmon – Fairmount Heights, Maryland. March 30, 2019. Age: 27
- Claire Legato – Cleveland. May 14, 2019. Age: 21
- Muhlaysia Booker – Dallas. May 18, 2019. Age 23.
- Michelle Simone Tameka Washington – Philadelphia, May 19, 2019. Age 40.
- Paris Cameron – Detroit, May 25, 2019. Age 20.
- Chynal Lindsey – Dallas, June 1, 2019. Age 26
Rest in power, Paris. I don’t know what justice looks like here, but I do know that you deserved to be alive and moving through your life.