Black Trans Woman Nikai David Fatally Shot in Oakland, California, 50th Trans Victim of 2021

Nikai David
Nikai David via KUTV

Friends of Nikai David are in shock after learning of her murder this past week. The 33-year-old was a model and aspiring social media influencer who had celebrated her birthday not even a week ago.

Police said just after 4 a.m., officers responded to a shooting on Castro Street in West Oakland and found Nikai, a transgender woman, suffering from a gunshot wound. She died at the scene. Police said at this point there is no evidence of a hate crime. “I know there was some type of physical altercation that led to my sister getting shot in her head,” Banks said she has no idea why anyone would want to harm Nikai.

 

It is really important to honor Nikai’s life before we pivot to the impact of her death. She dreamed of opening a clothing boutique.

 

Nikai is the fiftieth trans, nonbinary or gender nonconforming person reported killed in 2021. Forty-four of these neighbors have been BIPOC. She is the 34th victim who identified as Black. 30 of these victims were under the age of 30. That we know of, as many deaths go unreported or unacknowledged. 2021 is now the most violent year on record for our trans neighbors in the United States, surpassing the previous total of 44 deaths in 2020.

50 trans, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming neighbors and there’s still several weeks to go in the year. Four neighbors from my own region of Southwestern Pennsylvania. I’m just so sad.  I’m also grateful that her friends and the community center jumped into the narrative. All reporting has mentioned that she was a trans woman. There’s room to tease out the distinction between a hate crime based on gender identity and the intersectional identities that create this campaign of terror.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Oakland Police Department’s Homicide Section at 510-238-3821 or the department’s tip line at 510-238-7950.

Nikai was well known at the Oakland LGBTQ Community Center which is planning to honor her legacy. Follow them on Facebook for more details.

Rest in power, Nikai. I am so very sorry that we did not create a safer world where you could pursue your dreams and also walk down the street without fear of violence. You deserved all the missed birthday dinners and times with your friends. You deserved many more years to embrace life and change the world. I am sorry that your death is now a data point and an indicator of just how much intolerance courses through socieity.

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.
  41. Zoella “Zoey” Rose Martinez – Seattle, Washington, August 31, 2021. Age 20.
  42. Jo Acker– Boise, Idaho, October 25, 2021. Age 26.
  43. Jessi Hart – Banks, Oregon, early October 2021. Age 42.
  44. Rikkey Outumuro – Centralia, Washington, October 30 or 31, 2021. Age 39.
  45. Marquiisha Lawrence – Greenville, South Carolina, November 5, 2021. Age 28.
  46. Jenny De Leon – Tampa, Florida, November 2, 2021. Age 25.
  47. Angel Naira – Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, November 11, 2021. Age 36.
  48. Danyale Johnson – Memphis, Tennessee, November 7, 2021. Age 35.
  49. Cris Blehar – Vine Grove, Kentucky, May 19, 2021. Age 65. (Reported Dec 2021)
  50. Nikai David – Oakland, California, December 2, 2021. Age 33.

We are also still monitoring these suspicious deaths from 20/21 (in addition to the 44 documented killings.)

Fendi Mon’ezah Armstrong — Lithonia, Georgia, November 11, 2020. Age 39

Kimberely Patricia Cope — Athens, Georgia, December 27, 2020. Age 40.

Natasha Keianna — Detroit, Michigan, January 12, 2021. Age 37.

Bonaire ‘Bonnie’ Black — Atlanta, Georgia, December 31, 2020. Age 19.

Koko Nia Labeija — Chicago, Illinois, Found June 2020, Identified April 2021, Age 19

Haven Bailey — Villa Park, Illinois, May 24, 2021. Age 25.

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