24-year-old Black Trans Woman Duval Princess Fatally Shot in Jacksonville, Florida

The Duval Princess
Photo via Facebook

On the second day of 2022, a second Black trans woman has died in ‘suspicious’ circumstances.

Her name was The Duval Princess. She was 24 years old, born and raised in Jacksonville. She was the oldest of 10 children and served as a parental figure to her younger siblings.

Initial reporting misgendered Duval. Friends reached out to the TransGriot blog to ensure she was properly identified.

On January 2nd at 2:20a.m. Jacksonville Sheriff officers arrived on the scene at 4929 Skyway Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32246  (Ceil Apartments on Skyway Drive) after receiving a call that a victim of a car accident was laying in the parking lot of the apartments.

Upon arrival officers found the victim unresponsive near a parked vehicle and was rushed to a near by hospital where the victim passed.

Pending the autopsy report, police suspected foul play. And they were right as a postmortem evaluation indicated the presence of fatal gunshot wounds.

As police continue to investigate, JSO is looking for surveillance videos or witnesses that can provide information on how the individual died.

Family believe that Duval Princess was ‘lured’ to the location of her death and was acquainted with the person who killed her. They held a balloon release on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 – the very same day as the family of Amäriey Lèį held a release here in Pittsburgh. She was killed on January 1, 2022.

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Duval still used their birth name on social media and was known to family and friends as an openly gay person whom everyone loved. Duval was especially well known as a hair stylist and filled their social media feeds with video clips and photos of their work.

Duval Princess is the second transgender person reported as a victim of fatal violence in 2022. She is the second Black trans woman. Both victims to date were Black trans women, both under the age of 25. Their deaths come on the heels of the most violent year in recorded history with the deaths of 51 trans, non-binary, and gender nonconforming people in the United States alone.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call JSO’s non-emergency number at 904-630-0500 or email JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org. You can also remain anonymous by calling First Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.

Family have established a GoFundMe crowdfund to pay for Duval Princess’ final expenses. Folx have donated over $14,000 to Amariey’s GoFundMe and I hope will be equally generous. It is the very least we can do.

Rest in power, Duval Princess. Your life was filled with so much potential, love, and joy. You deserved many more years to be the beautiful person that you were. I am so very sorry that we did not create a safer world for you. You will not be forgotten.

May your memory be a revolution.

This is our list of transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming neighbors who have been victims of the campaign of terror in 2022. Please do not copy or share this list without attribution.

  1. Amäriey Lèį (Myara) – Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania. January 1, 2022. Age 20. 

  2. Duval Princess – Jacksonville, Florida. January 2, 2022. Age 24.


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