Monica Roberts at TransGriot is reporting the murder of Denali Berries Stuckey, the 12th trans woman to be murdered in the US in 2019. Her body was discovered in Charleston early Saturday morning.
Denali was a Charleston native. She graduated from North Charleston High School in 2011. She worked as a manicurist. Facebook is already filled with outpourings of love, grief, and rage around her untimely death. Denali was clearly much loved.Denali was known by her family surname as ‘Stuckey’ to her immediate circle. According to her Twitter feed, she admired President Barack Obama.
North Charleston PD officers responded to a 4:05 AM EDT call of a body lying on the side of the road at 2721 Carner Avenue. They arrived at the scene to find 29 year old Denali Berries Stuckey dead from a gunshot wound
Local media reporting on Denali’s murder have misgendered and deadnamed her. Some of her family and friends have misgendered her in their social media posts. So on top of dealing with their grief and loss, Denali’s advocates will need to once again take on the task of addressing the media and law enforcement on their transgender cultural competency.
I will update this post as more information becomes available about final arrangements and the investigation into her murder.
Rest in power, Denali. You deserved a robust life filled with joy, love, and many memories. I am very sorry.
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.
- Chanel Scurlock – Lumberton, North Carolina, June 5, 2029. Age 23.
- Jazzaline Ware – Memphis, Tennessee, March 2019. Age 34. **
- Zoe Spears – Fairmount Heights, Maryland. June 14, 2019. Age 23
- Brooklyn Lindsey – Kansas City, June 25, 2019. Age 32
- Denali Berries Stuckey – Charleston, July 20, 2019. Age 29.
** Jazzaline Ware’s body was discovered in her apartment in Memphis, Tennessee in March. Cause of death was originally death by suicide, but according to The Advocate, authorities are now investigating her death as a homicide.