NCAVP mourns the death of Ta’Ron “Rio” Carson in Kansas City, MO

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NCAVP mourns the death of Ta’Ron “Rio” Carson, 24, of Kansas City, MO. Carson, a black gay man, was shot and killed on March 5, 2018 at approximately 3:00am. According to media reports, police are working with federal investigators to determine whether or not this is a hate crime.

Carson had been at a nightclub with friends who were not aware of any conflicts or problems by the time he left but feared he may have been killed due to his sexual orientation. After leaving, he walked to a convenience store where the incident occurred.

The Kansas City Anti-Violence Project released a statement about the death of Ta’Ron saying, “Kansas City’s LGBTQ+ community is devastated to learn of the suspected hate-driven murder of Ta’Ron “Rio” Carson…This tragedy has left us heartbroken and is especially painful for Kansas City’s Black and Latinx LGBTQ+ people, as Rio was well known and celebrated across these communities.”

A candlelight vigil and walk was held where friends and community members honored Carson and his life. We send love and care to his family and loved ones.

In memory of Ta’Ron “Rio” Carson.

We know it can be hard to read these reports of violence against our communities. If you need support in these difficult times, you can always reach out to your local NCAVP member. If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, you can reach our free bilingual national hotline at 212-714-1141 or report online for support.

NCAVP works to prevent, respond to, and end all forms of violence against and within lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and HIV-affected communities. NCAVP is a national coalition of local member programs and affiliate organizations who create systemic and social change. NCAVP is a program of the New York City Anti-Violence Project.