Black Trans Man Mel Groves Shot to Death in Mississippi, Total Official Homicide Toll Reaches 40

Campaign of terror against Trans, Gender Nonconforming, and Nonbinary Americans reaches 40, precariously close to the documented record of 44 violent death in 2020.

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Just days after the shooting death of a 26-year-old Black trans woman in Southern Florida comes word of another shooting death of a Black trans person, Mel Groves, a 25-year-old Black transgender man who was fatally shot in Jackson, Mississippi on October 11, 2021.

The coroner said Groves was shot multiple times in the upper body. Investigators said Groves drove to Merit Health Central in Jackson, where he collapsed moments after he got out of the car, which had an Alabama license plate.

“And they were transferred to the UMC, where they died on the emergency table, operating table,

Mel was a plant soil scientist at Alcorn State University, an active animal lover, and LGBTQ activist.

Even more sadly, the media in Mississippi are misgendering and deadnaming Mel. His friends and colleagues are calling for people to contact and repudiate that inaccurate and biased reporting.

Mel is the fortieth trans, nonbinary or gender nonconforming person reported killed in 2021. Thirty-seven of these neighbors have been BIPOC. He is the 31th victim who identified as Black. 27 of these victims were under the age of 30. That we know of, as many deaths go unreported or unacknowledged. In the first 284 days of October, there has been a murder every 7.1 days on average.

Rest in power, Mel. You brought so much to the world, literally life through your professional work. You deserved many more years and I am sorry we didn’t create a safer world for you. I hope the pursuit of justice offers comfort to your friends and family. Thank you for all that you did.

May your memory be a revolution.

Our list of transgender, gender, and non-binary neighbors lost to violence in 2021. Please do not copy or share this list without attribution.

  1. Tyianna Davarea Alexandra — Chicago, Illinois. January 6, 2021. Age 28.
  2. Samuel Edmund Damián Valentín — Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico. January 9, 2021. Age 21.
  3. Dominique Jackson — Jackson, Mississippi. January 25, 2021. Age 30.
  4. Bianca ‘Muffin’ Bankz — Atlanta, Georgia. January 21, 2021. Age 31.
  5. Fifty Bandzzz — Baton Rouge, Louisiana. January 28, 2021. Age 21.
  6. Alexus “Kimmy” Braxton — Miami, Florida. February 4, 2021. Age 45.
  7. Chynaa Carrillo — New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. February 18, 2021. Age 24.
  8. Jeffrey ‘JJ’ Bright — Ambridge, Pennsylvania. February 22, 2021. Age 16.
  9. Jasmine Cannady — Ambridge, Pennsylvania. February 22, 2021. Age 22.
  10. Jenna Franks — Jacksonville, North Carolina, February 24, 2021. Age 34. **
  11. Diamond Nicole ‘Kyree’ Sanders — Cincinnati, Ohio. March 3, 2021. Age 23.
  12. Rayanna Pardo — Los Angeles, California, March 17, 2021. Age 26. ***
  13. Aidelen Evans — Port Arthur, Texas, March 2021. Age 24 ****
  14. Dominique Lucious — Springfield, Missouri, April 8, 2021. Age 26.
  15. Jaida Peterson — Charlotte, North Carolina, April 4, 2021. Age 29.
  16. Remy Fennell — Charlotte, North Carolina, April 15, 2021. Age 28.
  17. Tiara Banks — Chicago, Illinois, April 21, 2021. Age 26.
  18. Natalia Smüt Lopez — San Jose, California, April 23, 2021. Age 24.
  19. Tiffany Thomas — Dallas, Texas, April 21, 2021. Age 38.
  20. Iris Santos — Houston, Texas, April 23, 2021. Age 22.
  21. Jahaira M. DeAlto — Boston, Massachusetts, May 2, 2021. Age 42.
  22. Keri Washington — Clearwater, Florida, May 1, 2021. Age 49.
  23. Danny Henson — Baltimore, Maryland, May 4, 2021. Age 31.
  24. Whispering Wind Bear Spirit — York, Pennsylvania, May 4, 2021 Age 41
  25. Sophie Vasquez — Atlanta, Georgia, May 4, 2021. Age 36.
  26. Serenity Hollis — Albany, Georgia, May 8, 2021. Age 24.
  27. Oliver “Ollie” Taylor — Gervais, Oregon, May 19, 2021. Age 27.
  28. Thomas Hardin — York, South Carolina, May 2, 2021. Age 35.
  29. Poe Black / Oliver Jackson — Slab City, Niland, California, May 11, 2021 (estimated). Age 21.
  30. EJ Boykin / Novaa Watson — Lynchburg, Virginia, May 14, 2021. Age 23.
  31. Taya Ashton — Suitland, Maryland, July 17, 2021. Age 20.
  32. Shai Vanderpump — Trenton, New Jersey, July 30, 2021. Age 23.
  33. Tierramarie Lewis — Cleveland, Ohio, June 12, 2021. Age 30.
  34. Miss CoCo — Dallas, Texas, August 7, 2021. Age 44.
  35. Pooh Johnson — Shreveport, Louisiana, August 23, 2021. Age 25.
  36. Disaya Monaee Smith — Dolton, Illinois, September 6, 2021. Age 32.
  37. Brianna Ulmer Hamilton — Chicago, Illinois, September 17, 2021. Age 25.
  38. Kier Laprice (Kartier) Solomon — Dallas, Texas, September 30, 2021. Age 21.
  39. Royal Poetical Starz — Miami Gardens, Florida, October 2, 2021. Age 26.
  40. Mel Robert Groves — Jackson, Mississippi, October 11, 2021. Age 25.

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