NCAVP mourns the death of 28-year-old Alexa Ruiz in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico

NCAVP mourns the death of 28-year-old Alexa Ruiz in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico whose life was tragically taken February 24, 2020.

According to many media reports, Alexa, also known as Neulisa Luciano, was known to many as a friendly, quiet woman living without shelter. After trying to use a women’s bathroom in a McDonald’s restaurant, someone called the police on Alexa. When questioned by the police, photographs of the encounter between Alexa and the police were circulated online and went viral.

It is believed by many that the viral photographs and police call made Alexa a target for the brutal violence that claimed her life hours later. We are deeply saddened by this loss and send our deepest condolences to her loved ones. We are also demanding justice for Alexa and all transgender women who have lost their lives to transphobic violence. Transgender women deserve safety, housing, and respect in day-to-day life.

On Monday, March 2, AVP will join Make the Road NY, the trans community, and allies to hold a vigil for Alexa Ruiz, and demand an end to trans violence. Join us at the corner of 83st and Roosevelt Ave at 6pm!

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 bilngual 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.

 

NCAVP mourns the death of 23-year-old Kenneth Paterimos in Chicago, IL

NCAVP mourns the death of 23-year-old Kenneth Paterimos in Chicago, IL, whose life was tragically lost February 21, 2020. According to local media reports, on a night out with his brothers at a well-loved bar, Kenneth ‘Kenny’ Paterimos, was attacked and stabbed to death following an argument with a stranger outside of the bar. Witnesses say the attacker yelled homophobic slurs at Kenny, who had recently come out to his family as bisexual.

On a GoFundMe page posted by Kenneth’s mother, she remembers him:

He was a hard worker, always helping someone. The bright light of my family, the one who ties us together is gone. No one should be victims of a crime, to lose a person at such a young age is not easy and I never thought I would have to bury my child.

She tells reporters, “Chicago lost one of its shining stars… I can’t describe else but he’s just charming. … I know I hear everybody say that about their loved ones. … Everybody under the sun said that about my son. … It takes a special person to make you feel that special.”

An unnamed 30-year-old suspect was held in custody and then released by Cook County. The Chicago Police Dept. day that the death is still under investigation.

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 bilngual 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.

NCAVP mourns the death of 56-year-old queer man, Bashar Kallabat in Birmingham, MI

NCAVP mourns the death of 56-year-old queer man, Bashar Kallabat in Birmingham, MI. According to local media reports, Bashar Kallabat was found dead in a Detroit hotel after allegedly meeting with a 22-year-old man from an unnamed dating app, February 11, 2020.

Bashar is remembered as an innovative hair stylist and entrepreneur. He was owner of a salon in Birmingham, MI and featured in national publications, such as Vogue. Family and friends remembered Bashar in local reports as “a mentor to many hairstylist… a good friend, and an amazing father.”

Business partner and friend, Shanon Neumann says,  “He was magical. He was just a magical person, and his energy was just so uncanny.”

An unnamed 22-year-old suspect is currently in custody with the Detroit Police Department. Details forthcoming.

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 bilngual 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.

NCAVP mourns the death of 64-year-old white, queer man, Kenneth Savinski in Upper East Side, Manhattan.

NCAVP mourns the death of 64-year-old white, queer man, Kenneth Savinski in Upper East Side Manhattan, NY. According to media reports, Kenneth Savinski was found dead in his Upper East Side apartment after meeting 24-year-old, Alex Ray Scott, from an unnamed dating app. On Friday, January 31, Scott turned himself in to the police after confessing to the fatal attack that took place the previous Wednesday night.

Kenneth was a long-time antiques salesperson, beloved by many of his neighbors. According to the NY Times, “To his neighbors, Mr. Savinski was a staple of the block, remembered for his regular walks to church and his friendly waves to acquaintances whom he saw along the way.”

Notably quoted,  “I knew Kenny quite well. He was a standup guy,” said Mr. Franck, 66. “He had a dynamic love for everyone in the neighborhood. He went to the church of St. Ignatius Loyola, where I am a Eucharistic minister. We are a community. He would go to church five nights a week, and Sundays.”

Scott is expected to be charged with several counts and is currently being held without bond. Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Kenneth Savinski.

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 bilngual 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.

NCAVP mourns the death of 25-year-old white, queer man, Kevin Bacon, in Swartz Creek, MI

NCAVP mourns the death of 25-year-old white, queer man, Kevin Bacon who was found dead following an abduction and brutal attack, December 24, 2019. According to local reports, friends say he was meeting up with someone he did not know from a dating app. He is remembered by his parents as  “genuine, someone who was confident in his skin, outgoing and one heck of a great hair stylist.”

Kevin’s obituary reads:

He was a graduate of Swartz Creek High School and Sharp’s Hair Academy in Grand Blanc. Kevin was currently attending University of Michigan – Flint. He was a hairstylist at Uniquely U Salon in Swartz Creek and had worked at Vintage Hair Salon, JcPenny Hair Salon and Diplomat Pharmacy. Kevin loved doing hair and make-up. He loved his cats, Smokey and Fuzzy and his dog Hannah.

An unnamed 55-year-old suspect is currently in custody with the Shiawassee County Police Department. Details forthcoming.

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 bilngual 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.

NCAVP mourns the death of 18-year-old transgender woman Nikki Kuhnhausen in Clark County, Washington.

NCAVP mourns the death of 18-year-old transgender woman Nikki Kuhnhausen in Clark County, Washington. According to media reports, Nikki Kuhnhausen has been missing since June after meeting with a man she met off of snapchat. A search coordinated by the National Women’s Coalition Against Violence and Exploitation (NWCAVA) led to her body being found earlier this week. 

Nikki Kuhnhausen’s parents, Lisa and Vincent Woods, worked diligently to find their missing daughter, passing out flyers at pride parades and throughout the community. “Nikki had my heart from the moment she was born,” Lisa Woods told media. “She’s been my special child and she keeps me knowing I am worth something.” 

Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Nikki Kuhnhausen. Donations can be made in Nikki’s name to NWCAVE and will be used for funeral costs. 

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 bilngual 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.

 

NCAVP mourns the death of 23-year-old Bee Love Slater, a Black transgender woman in Clewiston, FL

NCAVP mourns the death of 23-year-old Bee Love Slater, a Black transgender woman in Clewiston, FL whose life was tragically taken on September 1, 2019.

According to reports, Bee Love Slater, was identified by authorities after her body was found in the remains of an apparent car fire. Her gruesome death is currently under investigation as a homicide. Close friend, Kenard Wade, told media that Love was proud of her transition but had recently become fearful after receiving disturbing text messages on the night of her death. Another friend of Love’s, Desmond Vereen, remembered Love was “a people person.” Vereen, said, “she loved to be around people, and meeting new people, too, because of her new lifestyle that she transitioned into.” Vereen held a memorial for Love and made a vow to keep her memory alive. Our deepest condolences are with the family and friends of Bee Love Slater. She is the 18th reported death of a transgender person this year.

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 memberIf you or someone you know is experiencing violence, you can reach our free bilngual 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.

NCAVP mourns the death of 30-year-old Brianna BB Hill, a Black transgender woman in Kansas City, MO

NCAVP mourns the death of 30-year-old Brianna BB Hill, a Black transgender woman in Kansas City, MO whose life was tragically taken on October 14, 2019.

According to Kansas City Police the man custody shot and killed Brianna is in custody after waiting for the police to arrive at the scene for his arrest. The suspect remains unnamed and details are developing. Investigators are seeking a motive for the shooting. Hill is at the very least the 21st known transgender person killed in the United States this year. The majority of which are Black women. Our deepest condolences are with the family and friends of Brianna BB Hill.

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 memberIf you or someone you know is experiencing violence, you can reach our free bilngual 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.

NCAVP mourns the death of Bubba Walker, a Black transgender woman in Charlotte, NC

NCAVP mourns the death of Bubba Walker, a Black transgender woman in Charlotte, NC whose life was tragically taken.

According to reports, Bubba’s life was lost in a house fire that is currently being investigated as a homicide. Bubba’s remains were found September 10th and the date of her death is currently unknown. Clarabelle Catlin, who knew her personally said Bubba was homeless at the time of her death and added, “She was a kind soul, She was always smiling and was a people person. She lit up everywhere she went and everyone loved her.” Our condolences are with Bubba Walker’s family and friends.

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 memberIf you or someone you know is experiencing violence, you can reach our free bilngual 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.

NCAVP mourns the death of 29-year-old Itali Marlowe, a Black transgender woman in Houston, TX

NCAVP mourns the death of 29-year-old Itali Marlowe, a Black transgender woman in Houston, TX whose life was tragically taken on September 20, 2019, According to reports, Itali Marlowe died after sustaining multiple gunshot injuries in Houston. The 29-year-old was found near her home in a driveway, after her roommate was seen fleeing the scene. Local police and the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office have identified 23-year-old Raymond Donald Williams, Marlowe’s roommate at the time of the shooting, and charged him with murder.

Marlowe is the fourth trans woman to be murdered in Texas this year, following Muhlaysia BookerChynal Lindsey, and Tracy Single. Our condolences are with the family and friends of Itali Marlowe. 

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 memberIf you or someone you know is experiencing violence, you can reach our free bilngual 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.