UPDATED: Trans Woman Sara Blackwood Killed in Indianapolis on National Coming Out Day 2020

Sara Houser Blackwood Indianapolis
Photo courtesy of Planettransgender

 

An Indianapolis trans woman named Sara Blackwood is the latest victim of gun violence in the United States. She was shot to death walking home from work on National Coming Out Day, October 11 around 10 PM.

From Fox 59 in Indianapolis

According to police, the shooting occurred in the 2500 block of E. Washington Street at around 10 p.m. The victim, a woman, was taken to an area hospital in critical condition and later died from her injuries, police said.

Planenttransgender is reporting that Sara worked at a Long John Silvers franchise nearby and was walking home from her shift when she was shot.Sara was born in Monroe, Washington and lived in Indianapolis during recent years. She has been in a domestic partnership for eight years and was a self-described “MLP:FiM obsessed town girl fed up with capitalism.”

That’s what we know. A trans woman of undetermined age was shot walking home from her workplace in Indianapolis for no known reason. She died in the hospital from her injuries. We don’t know who shot her or how or if they were known to her. We know a little about her interests and political beliefs or at least what she chose to share on Facebook. And we know that her domestic partner has not been informed much by the police.

We don’t know if Sara was white, Black, Latinx, Asian, Indigenous. There are no photos that have surfaced yet. Her friends say she was private and that seems to be the case.

This is why we must keep Sara and her family in our minds, not our prayers. We must ensure that her death is properly investigated and her identity is respected by all involved. The original police and media reports misgendered her, but that was corrected be vigilant friends. We must support Sara’s loved ones as they prepare for her final arrangements.

We must keep in mind that this violence is never ending, that two young trans women have been murdered since Monica Roberts death last week and she would want to us (I believe) to lift them up as well. 33 trans neighbors murdered by mid-October far away ensuring 2020 is the most violent year to date. And there are 76 days to go.

We must read the names of those who have been robbed of their lives this year, 33 here in the United States that we know of and hundreds more around the world, then find ways to support the trans community. We must find ways to hold space for a reality where Sara could have been randomnly targeted for robbery or assault, but still victimized by transphobia and not reduce the true cost of her death.

A friend of Sara and her domestic partner shared this announcement on Facebook to deflect questions while Sara’s loved ones process this devastating news.

Last night,

Sara Blackwood

was walking home when she was shot and killed. The homicide detectives have not told Avery much about what happened exactly, so they don’t know for sure.

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What they do know, is that Sara was shot, and alive at the scene. However, she died during emergency surgery at the hospital. This is the extent of Avery’s knowledge on what happened.
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I am writing this on behalf of

Avery Ellis Blackwood

, to make this devastating situation a little easier for them by not having to repeat the news over and over again.

Indianapolis saw a particularly deadly weekend with five reported deaths and three additional victims of violent crimes hospitalized. It certainly wasn’t safe for many vulnerable people and I have no idea why that’s the case or if this is related.
I do know that this isn’t going to stop on its own. I think voting in this election is one way to resist, but given Sara’s views on capitalism – I can’t say with any certainly how she would feel about political action.
Rest in power, Sara. You deserved to walk home safely and be with your family on Sunday night, not lying on a surgery table. You deserved more time to help us all understand how capitalism is part of our problem and inevitably tied to the epidemic you did not survive. You should have survived and flourished. We will say your name and seek justice for you.

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.
  15. Selena Reyes Hernandez – Chicago. May 31, 2020. Age 37.
  16. Brayla Stone – Sherwood, Arkansas. June 25, 2020. Age 17.
  17. Merci Mack – Dallas, June 30, 2020. Age 22.
  18. Jayne Thompson – Colorado, May 2020. Age 33.
  19. Bree Black – Pompana Beach, Florida, July 3, 2020. Age 27.
  20. Draya McCarty – Baton Rouge, Louisiana, July 2020. Age unknown.
  21. Shaki Peters – Amite, Louisiana, July 1, 2020. Age 32.
  22. Marilyn Cazares – Brawley, California, July 13, 2020. Age 22.
  23. Tatiana Hall – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, approx June 29, 2020. Age 22.
  24. Queasha Hardy – Baton Rouge, Louisiana, July 27, 2020. Age 24.
  25. Tiffany Harris – Bronx, New York, July 26, 2020. Age 32.
  26. Aja Raquell Rhone-Spears – Portland, Oregon, July 28, 2020. Age 32.
  27. Aerrion Burnett – Independence, Missouri, September 19, 2020. Age 37.
  28. Mia Green – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 28, 2020. Age 29.
  29. Michelle Ramos Vargas – Puerto Rico, September 30, 2020. Age 33.
  30. Kee Sam – Lafayette, Louisiana, August 12, 2020. Age 24.
  31. Felycya Harris – Augusta, Georgia, October 3, 2020. Age 32.
  32. Brooklyn DeShauna Smith – Shreveport, Louisiana, October 7, 2020. Age 20.
  33. Sara Blackwood – Indianapolis, Indiana, October 11, 2020. Age unknown

Please do not cut and paste this list to share without a link to the post. Thank you.

  • I knew Sara before her transition. I’ve known her partner since 2006. I’m devastated for my friend, and there are no words to express the feelings I have about Sara’s life being cut short. I hope that her murder is investigated fully and that everyone that loves her gets the answers they deserve.

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