Black Trans Woman Riah Milton, 25, was Murdered Near Cincinnati, Ohio

Riah Milton

A second brutal death of a Black trans woman in a 24 hour period.

Riah Milton of Liberty Township, Ohio, was 25 years old when she was lured to her death by three other people, including a 14 year old cisgender girl. Liberty Township is a suburb of Cincinnati.

Riah studied at the University of Cincinati and worked as a home health aide. Her Facebook feed is filled with loving images of her beloved little niece. Riah’s sister has set up a GoFundMe to help with her final expenses.

Milton was shot and killed this Tuesday, June 9, according to local media outlets. She was deadnamed and misgendered in initial reports of her death from local media,

Investigators said a group of three people robbed Milton and tried to steal her car. She was shot multiple times and pronounced dead on the scene.

Milton’s deat comes just 24 hours after the discovery of the body of Dominique Fells in Philadelphia.

Rest in power, Riah. Your life ended too soon and under terrible circumstances. Your family continue to lift you up and your friends seek justice in your name. Your black life mattered.


My list of transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary neighbors who have lost their lives to violent deaths in the US during 2020.

  1. Dustin Parker – McAlester, Oklahoma. January 1, 2020. Age 25.
  2. Alexa Negron Luciano – Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. February 24, 2020. Age 29.
  3. Yampi Mendez Arocho – Moca, Puerto Rico, March 5, 2020. Age 19.
  4. Monica Diamond – Charlotte, North Carolina. March 18, 2020. Age 34.
  5. Lexi – Harlem, New York City, New York. March 28, 2020. Age 33.
  6. Johanna Metzger – Baltimore, Maryland. April 1, 2020. Age 25.
  7. Serena Angelique Velazquezz – Puerto Rico. April 22, 2020. Age 32.
  8. Layla Pelaez – Puerto Rico. April 22, 2020. Age 21.
  9. Penélope Díaz Ramírez – Puerto Rico. April 13, 2020. Age 31
  10. Nina Pop – Sikeston, Missouri. May 3, 2020. Age 28.
  11. Helle Jae O’Regan – San Antonio, Texas. May 6, 2020. Age 20.
  12. Tony McDade – Tallahassee, Florida. May 27, 2020. Age 38.
  13. Dominique Rem’mie Fells – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. June 8, 2020. Age 27.
  14. Riah Milton – Liberty Township, Ohio. June 9, 2020. Age 25.