Geri Judd, a transgender woman, was found shot to death on 28 September 2021 in her apartment in Bossier City, Louisiana. Her death has just come to light because her gender identity was not adequately noted or reported.
According to HRC, the Bossier City Police Department found Judd’s body during a welfare check on September 28, 2021, and an autopsy confirmed that the cause of death was a homicide.
Anyone with information about Judd’s death should call BCPD at 318-741-8610 or call Crime Stoppers at 318-424-4100. Those with information can also submit an anonymous tip online via the P3 Tips app, or online at www.p3tips.com.
Geri’s friends remember her for her prominent response to this same campaign of terror taking the lives of her neighbors.
One of the most notable memories shared by Geri Judd’s friends was marching together in for justice for Vontashia Bell, a Black transgender woman who was killed in 2018. Judd attended memorials for Transgender Day of Remembrance for years, as well as numerous rallies.
Though it was difficult, Geri Judd made the journey of marches for trans rights using her cane in recent years to fight for her community. Her dedication to advocating for the trans community was clear in the way she lived and her death will be a loss for the movement.
Born and raised in Bossier, Geri graduated from Airline High School in 1982. She was a fan of fantasy and sci-fi. a friend shared on Facebook:
Geri, after her transition, loved life, and was not afraid to be heard.I’ve seen so many posts from people remembered her as a Kroger’s employee and how much they loved her I hope they find the person who murdered her and I hope that the world will learn to accept people like her.She matters.
She was known as Phoenix Riversong and Geri Phoenix. On her Facebook profile, she wrote:
I’m a very kind hearted gentle soul always trying my best to find the good in all people and all situations. I believe that every person has good in them and if they can bring that good forward they will be much happier individuals. I do my best to help others where I can
In the context of deaths in 2021, Geri is the 57th trans, nonbinary or gender nonconforming persons reported killed in 2021. 49 of these neighbors have been BIPOC. 32 of these victims were under the age of 30. We say ‘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. Judd is also the 22nd transgender or gender non-conforming person identified as killed in Louisiana since 2013, making Louisiana the state with the third-highest number of violent deaths over the last decade.
Local advocates are working with law enforcement to solve Geri’s killing. In her own home.
Rest in power, Geri Phoenix. Your life mattered. Seizing the initiative to pursue your transition, find old friends and make new ones with whom you share your passions and joys. You deserved more years to live your truth. Thank you for showing up when it mattered. I am so very sorry we have not created a world that protects you. Forgive us.
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. As of today, we have documented a total of 57 deaths in 2021. And we have listed at least six victims of the terror campaign in 2022 as well.
As six additions to our 2021 list have been revealed in 2022, I am adding them in a separate list below to try and make any sense of this increasing horror. These folks deserve their lives and deaths to be honored and remembered.
- Amäriey Lèį (Myara) – Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania. January 1, 2022. Age 20.
- Duval Princess – Jacksonville, Florida. January 2, 2022. Age 24.
- Naomie Skinner – Detroit, Michigan, February 12, 2022. Age 25
- Martina Caldera – Houston, Texas, December 6, 2021. Age 38.
- Cypress Ramos – Lubbock, Texas, February 13, 2022. Age 21.
- Paloma Velasquez – Houston, Texas, February 26, 2022. Age 29
Deaths in 2021 (see this link for deaths reported during the 2021 calendar year) These are deaths reported in 2022 and beyond.
- 52 Za’Niyah Williams – Houston, Texas. December 20, 2021, reported on Jan 5, 2022. Age 21.
- 53 Nikki Turrietta – Albuquerque, New Mexico, December 31, 2021, reported on January 27, 2022. Age 31.
- 54 Keeva Scatter – Baton Rouge, Louisiana, October 15, 2021, confirmed on February 13, 2022. Age 34.
- 55 Rubi Dominguez – Brownsville, Texas, July 15, 2021, confirmed on February 13, 2022. Age 29.
- 56 Martina Caldera – Houston, Texas, December 6, 2021. Age 38.
- 57 Geri Judd – Bossier, Louisiana, September 28, 2021, confirmed March 1, 2022. Age 60.