NCAVP mourns the death of Jeffrey Bright, a 16-year-old trans man in Beaver County, PA

NCAVP mourns the death of Jeffrey Bright, a 16-year-old trans man who was fatally shot by his mother Krisinda Ann Bright in Beaver County, PA on February 22. Her mother called the police on herself shortly after the attack, and turned herself in for the murder of Jeffrey, and his sister Jasmine, whom she shot as well. 

Local LGBTQ+ youth advocacy group PRISM posted in Jeffrey’s honor, noting that he was a “beautiful person with the brightest eyes and smile.” They also commented on the allyship of his sister, who often attended PRISM gatherings with Jeffrey, saying that she was a “sweet, shy, and artistic soul.” Jeffrey’s cousin has been devoted to honoring his name, posting #hisnamewasjeffrey on any social media or news posts that deadname him. The org held a candlelight vigil in Jeffrey’s honor on February 23.

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 Alexus “Kimmy Icon” Braxton, a 45-year-old Black trans woman in Miami, FL

NCAVP mourns the death of Alexus “Kimmy Icon” Braxton, a 45-year-old Black trans woman who was found dead in her apartment in Miami, FL on February 4. Police are indeed investigating the death as a homicide, but have stated they are not releasing any more information so as to not jeopardize their investigation. 

Alexus was a hairstylist – according to her Facebook – and often posted about her joy as a Black trans woman, along withh the challenges she faced because of her identity. Part of her bio reads “I’m a trans [woman] living my truth,” and another photo she posted states “Living good with no fear, never I had fear in me.” Many are mourning the loss of Alexus on her page, commenting on several of her photos. Messages of “I’m sorry you had to leave this world so soon,” “fly high baby girl,” and similar sentiments crowd her profile and status updates. 

Her mother, Joenita, is a board member of The Hollywood LGBTQ Council, and has spoken to several news outlets and orgs on the death of her daughter. She told HRC, “Twenty two years later and Black Trans Women’s lives are still not VALUED. In 1999, I witnessed my best friend get murdered in the streets of Miami. Sadly, since her murder, I’ve lost many more friends due to senseless violence. Here we are in 2021, it’s my daughter Kimmy. There’s one thing that remains the same: law enforcement, state officials and local politicians have no sense of urgency to address this growing epidemic. Please help us!” Alexus’ sister told NBC Miami  “Whoever did this, you need to come forward … You hurting our family. You hurting everyone around us, and we want to know, why, why, why would you do it? What would the reason be for you to do such a crime and do such an act on a beautiful person?” A balloon release was held in Alexus’ honor on February 8.

Currently, police are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest in the case. Tips can be submitted to Detective J. Segova at (305) 471-2400 or to Miami-Dade County Crime Stoppers at (866) 471-8477 or CrimeStoppersMiami.com.

NCAVP stands in solidarity with Black trans women, and we know that it is always hard to read these reports of violence against our communities. We know this can be even more painful when there continues to be an unchecked epidemic of homicides of Black trans women, as police violence is escalating against Black and brown people, and our nation continues to be grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic that highlights long standing healthcare disparities for Black and brown 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.

NCAVP mourns the death of Chyna Carrillo, a 24-year-old Latinx trans woman in New Wilmington, PA

NCAVP mourns the death of Chyna Carrillo, a 24-year-old Latinx trans woman who was beaten to death in New Wilmington, PA by a man named Juan Carter Hernandez. Juan was fatally shot by police when they tried to intervene during the attack – they asked him to stop, and he refused. Chyna was later transported to the hospital for her injuries, but passed shortly after.

Chyna was a new resident of Pennsylvania, a move from Arkansas she hoped would act as a fresh start, according to friends and family. She worked at a nursing home as a certified nursing assistant, close to where the attack occurred. Friend and former coworker Patrick Irish spoke to a local news station about Chyna’s death, stating “Whenever I was around Chyna and I knew I was working with her, it just felt like my world would light up … Her move to Pennsylvania was supposed to be a new start for her. I was really excited to see that for her, and to see that someone decided it was her time, it’s been so painful.”

Chyna’s mother Lila has spoken out as well, telling the same station “I love my kid with all of my heart and now she’s gone … She’s not coming back.” Lila also mentioned her acceptance of Chyna’s trans identity: “She was crying because she didn’t know how I was going to react, she was expecting the worst …  I looked at her and said don’t ever forget, no matter what, I’m going to love you forever – forever.” 

Chyna’s 25th birthday would have been on March 5 – “I’m going to be celebrating a birthday with an angel in heaven,” says her mother.

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 Fifty Bandz, a 21-year-old Black trans woman in Baton Rouge, LA

NCAVP mourns the death of Fifty Bandz, a 21-year-old Black trans woman who was fatally shot by her former partner Michael Josuha Brooks on January 28 in Baton Rouge, LA. He is currently being charged with second degree murder. 

Several orgs have spoken out on the death of Fifty, noting the prevalence of both gun violence and intimate partner violence against trans people, especially Black trans women. “Fifty Bandz should be alive today,” said a volunteer with The Louisiana chapter of Moms Demand Action in the joint statement released by MDA and Students Demand Action – both members of Everytown for Gun Safety’s grassroots network. “Black trans women are shot and killed at alarming rates. Black trans lives matter and it’s past time lawmakers to start acting like it.”

On February 1st, friends, family, and loved ones gathered to release white balloons in her honor. Many are mourning the loss of Fifty on social media, posting comments of broken hearts and RIP on her Instagram. “50 please let this be a joke,” writes one user, “my favorite person on here 🥺 rip! 💔” writes another. According to her page, Fifty enjoyed going out dancing, fashion, and often got her hair done by her stylist @dornelll, whom she tags often in her photos – going so far as even crediting him in her bio.

NCAVP stands in solidarity with Black trans women, and we know that it is always hard to read these reports of violence against our communities. We know this can be even more painful when there continues to be an unchecked epidemic of homicides of Black trans women, as police violence is escalating against Black and brown people, and our nation continues to be grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic that highlights long standing healthcare disparities for Black and brown 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.

NCAVP mourns the death of Bobby Scott, 63-year-old white gay man in DeLand, FL

NCAVP mourns the death of Bobby Scott, a 63-year-old white gay man who was murdered on January 17 in DeLand, FL. A manager of a Daytona Beach restaurant, Bobby was lured to meet with his assailant Michael Harris via a gay hookup app. Police report that Michael had a history of posing as a sex worker to rob or blackmail men and Bobby was one of his victims, but in this case the interaction ended in his murder.

Bobby was married and in an open relationship – it was his husband who reported him missing when he did not return for a full day after meeting Michael. Police pieced together Bobby’s disappearance and the attack by tracking his car via GPS, which was in Michael’s possession at the time. Along with Bobby’s murder, investigators have said it is likely he will face charges for carjacking as well.

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 Dominique Jackson, a 30-year-old Black trans woman in Jackson, MS

NCAVP mourns the death of Dominique Jackson, a 30-year-old Black trans woman and beloved organizer who was found dead in Jackson, MS. Unfortunately, police and earlier news reports deadnamed and misgendered Dominique, which news outlet Pgh Lesbian asserts delayed Dominique’s family’s awareness of her death. On January 27, Dominique’s aunt posted on Facebook that Dominique had not been seen since January 24, despite authorities having discovered her body on January 25, making for 2 days the family was out of the loop of Dominique’s death.

According to Facebook, Dominique was the mother of the Hause of Redd, and founder of Ladi Redd Inc. Her aunt writes that “no one will ever be able to replace you or take away the memories [we shared],” calling Dominique “my niece, my baby, a joyful pain in my butt.” Additionally, folks on social media have described Dominique as an organizer and co-founder of BreakOut, an LGBTQ youth organization in Louisiana.

Police remain unclear on a motive or suspect, stating that due to the nature of the crime they “don’t have any evidence or information that would suggest it would have been a hate crime.”

NCAVP stands in solidarity with Black trans women, and we know that it is always hard to read these reports of violence against our communities. We know this can be even more painful when there continues to be an unchecked epidemic of homicides of Black trans women, as police violence is escalating against Black and brown people, and our nation continues to be grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic that highlights long standing healthcare disparities for Black and brown 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.

NCAVP mourns the death of Kendall “Bonaire” Sawyers, an 18-year-old Black trans woman in Atlanta, GA

NCAVP mourns the death of Kendall “Bonaire” Sawyers, an 18-year-old Black trans woman who was murdered on December 31 in Atlanta, GA. Details on her death have not been released, and the assailant has reportedly not been caught.

Similar to the death of another Black trans woman in the area, Bianca “Muffin” Banks [will link to this], Kendall’s death has been covered largely by Trans Housing Coalition, a nonprofit founded during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic to get trans and nonbinary people off the streets and into safe housing. Kendall was not a client of THC, but friends with many of the girls in the program.

Kendall struggled with housing insecurity, and slept in tents on nature trails. She moved to Atlanta at age 17 after being rejected by her family, and relied on orgs such as Lost n Found Youth and Covenant House for housing. Unfortunately, she had recently become unhoused a few months ago before her passing. The assault occurred 9 days before her 17th birthday.

THC writes that Kendall was a very lively girl, who enjoyed her nickname “Bonaire” because it was gender neutral. She was a rapper, a freestyler, and a songwriter. THC encourages anyone with more info, or who knew Kendall personally, to message them for more details.

NCAVP stands in solidarity with Black trans women, and we know that it is always hard to read these reports of violence against our communities. We know this can be even more painful when there continues to be an unchecked epidemic of homicides of Black trans women, as police violence is escalating against Black and brown people, and our nation continues to be grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic that highlights long standing healthcare disparities for Black and brown 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.

NCAVP mourns the death of Bianca “Muffin” Bankz, a 31-year-old Black trans woman in Atlanta, GA

NCAVP mourns the death of Bianca “Muffin” Bankz, a 31-year-old Black trans woman who was murdered by a man in her home on January 17th in Atlanta, GA. Very little is known surrounding the death of Bianca, but it has been confirmed that the man took his own life shortly after.

Bianca’s death has been covered almost exclusively by Trans Housing Coalition, a nonprofit founded during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic to get trans and nonbinary people off the streets and into safe housing. Bianca was an indirect client of the org, thanks to her friendship of 8 years with a woman named Africa, who had been working with the org. It is because of their relationship that THC was able to house them together.

Africa spoke highly of Bianca, saying that Muffin was a good friend. According to Africa, Muffin was the kind of girl who “if you forgot the butter [at the store] she already had it.” Bianca had begun her medical transition in November, and dreamed of appearing on RuPaul’s Drag Race alongside Africa. Africa and Bianca were so close it is reported that Africa’s mother acted as Bianca’s own, as Bianca did not have any blood family after growing up in the foster care system in Florida.

THC has agreed to cover the costs of Bianca’s funeral, and asks anyone who would like to support to submit a donation at any of the links via their Instagram account, or to support Africa via CashApp at $Africa1921.

A vigil is being held in Bianca’s honor by THC on Friday January 30th. The event description states that “There will be prayers, performances from community members, and whatever else folks are called to.”

NCAVP stands in solidarity with Black trans women, and we know that it is always hard to read these reports of violence against our communities. We know this can be even more painful when there continues to be an unchecked epidemic of homicides of Black trans women, as police violence is escalating against Black and brown people, and our nation continues to be grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic that highlights long standing healthcare disparities for Black and brown 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.

NCAVP mourns the death of Jayla English, a 28-year-old Black queer woman in Cleveland, OH

NCAVP mourns the death of Jayla English, a 28-year-old Black queer woman who was fatally shot in a parking lot on August 29th in Cleveland, OH. Jayla was involved in an argument with 23-year-old Brittany Lynn and one other woman when things escalated and Brittany opened fire.

A Change.org petition has been filed for Jayla by her partner Justine Harris, claiming that Brittany–Justine’s ex–was accompanied by a woman named Orniesha Levinson. The petition is demanding a more severe charge for Orniesha, changing it from manslaughter to aggravated murder.

Additionally, a GoFundMe was started for funeral costs for Jayla, raising over $2000. In a gun memorial site created for her, over 500 virtual candles were lit in her honor.


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 Samuel Edmund Damián Valentín, a Latinx transgender man in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico

NCAVP mourns the death of Samuel Edmund Damián Valentín, a Latinx transgender man who was found dead on a highway in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico on January 9th. A woman driving in the early morning struck Samuel’s body, thinking it was an object–upon closer inspection she discovered she had hit a dead person. Samuel had suffered multiple gunshot wounds in different parts of his body. A

Details on Samuel’s age and personal life have not yet been disclosed by media outlets, but activist orgs are actively fighting for justice for Samuel, including initially contacting the Puerto Rico Police Department to amend reports misgendering Samuel, and urging them to investigate his death as a hate crime. In a statement released by Puerto Rico-based LGBT rights org Para Tod@s, executive director Pedro Julio Serrano writes that the Justice Departments inability to identify LGBTQ people in its incident reports remains one of the community’s “most serious issues.” The police and justice department, according to Pedro, “wants to ignore ignore, make invisible and minimize the serious problem of the wave of homophobic and transphobic violence that haunts us like never before.”

An investigation is currently ongoing–Samuel’s death marks the 2nd death by violence of an LGBTQ person in 2021.


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.