The body of Deidra Esmerelda Sterling was found on April 1, 2022 in Carrollton, Texas. Her case was updated January 17, 2023. Deidra was a trans woman. Her body remains unclaimed. The circumstances of her death are not suggestive of violence, she was found dead in her bed by her landlord. She was about 63.
Still, there’s something quite sad about no one claiming her body, especially in Texas.
Born and raised in Carrollton, Deidra lived in Missouri for 12 years, then Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska. She returned to Carrollton in 1999. Deidra graduated from Norton Community High School. She studied accounting management at McCook Community College and in 1989 earned B.S. Degree in Business Administration at University of Nebraska at Kearney.
In her own words, Deidra describes her gender identity.
I was born a woman with a birth defect; an XY chromosome, and I lived with this appalling condition for 47 years until January 2013 when I found out that I had prostate cancer. I was cured in March 2013, but at a price, I was now totally impotent. That turned out to be a blessing in disguise because now the woman inside of me, that had been desperate to get out, had total control over my life.
I stopped resisting her in June 2013. That was when I mentally accepted my femininity. I started hormones in August 2013, then I became a woman emotionally. In November 2015 I was recognized by the state of Texas and the Federal Government as the woman I truly am when I got my name and gender marker changed. I have yet to become the total woman I long to be because I have yet to have my operations.
She also identified as a lesbian. According to her social media, she had a vast array of interests – all sorts of LGBTQ and lesbian sites, music pages, and so much more.
it is heartbreaking to think there’s no one to claim Deidra. Her death may have been due to natural causes, but she still died too young and too alone. I’ve reached out to local sources in Dallas and connected with someone who has mutual friends she is exploring now.
Rest in power, Deidra. Thank you for what you brought to the community and the joy you manifested.
This is our list of transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming neighbors who have been victims of the campaign of terror in 2023. Please do not copy, modify, or share this list without attribution.
- Jasmine ‘Star’ Mack – District of Columbia, January 7, 2023. Age 36.
- KC Johnson – Wilmington, North Carolina, January 13, 2023. Age 27.
- Tortuguita – Weelaunee Forest, Georgia, January 18, 2023. Age 26.
- Unique Banks – Chicago, Illinois, January 23, 2023. Age 21.
- Zachee Imanitwitaho – Louisville, Kentucky, February 3, 2023. Age 26.
- Maria Jose Rivera Rivera – Houston, Texas, January 21, 2023. Age 22.
- Cashay Henderson – Milwaukee, Wisconsin, February 27, 2023. Age 31.
- Tasiyah ‘Siyah’ Woodland – Mechanicsville, Maryland, March 24, 2023. Age 18.
- Ashley Burton – Atlanta, Georgia, April 11, 2023. Age 37.
- Rasheeda Williams – Atlanta, Georgia, April 18, 2023. Age 35.
- Banko Brown – San Francisco, California, April 27, 2023. Age 24.
- Ashia Davis – Detroit, Michigan, June 2, 2023. Age 34
- Chanell Perez Ortiz – Carolina, Puerto Rico, June 25, 2023. Age 29.
- Jacob Williamson – Pageland, South Carolina, July 4, 2023, Age 18.
- Camdyn Rider – Winter Haven, Florida, July 21, 2023. Age 21.
- Kylie Monali – Riverside, California, September 7, 2022, Reported September 2023.
- DéVonnie J’Rae Johnson – Los Angeles, California, August 7, 2023. Age 27.
- Thomas ‘Tom-Tom’ Robinson – Calumet, Indiana, August 17, 2023. Age 28.
- Charm Wilson – Cleveland, Ohio, September 8, 2023. Age 32.
- Bre’Asia Bankz – Arizona, September 5, 2023. Age 27.
- Alexa Sokova – Palm Bay, Florida, September 5, 2023. Age 30.
- YOKO – New Orleans Louisiana, September 19, 2023. Age 30.
- Codii Lawrence – Weirton, West Virginia, September 5, 2023. Age 25.
- Unidentified Person – Dallas, Texas,. July 2023. Age unknown
- Unidentified Person – Eugene, Oregon, August 10, 2023. Age unknown.
- Luis Ángel Díaz Castro – San Juan, Puerto Rico, August 12, 2023. Age 22.
- Thaddeus ‘Tad’ Keegan Bradley – Mendocino, California, September 21st, 2021. Reported April 27, 2023.