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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Lives Lost to Fatal Anti-LGBTQ and Intimate Partner Violence in 2018

Though we strive to share stories of joy and resiliency, we must also mourn those we have lost to violence, and hold their lives in our memory as we continue to fight violence in our lives and in our communities. We mourn the lives that our communities have lost in 2018 and before, and send love and light to their friends and family.

Below are the names of the lives we have lost to fatal, anti-LGBTQ violence this year so far. Those whose names are marked with an asterisk were lost as a result of intimate partner violence.

Blaze Bernstein, white/Jewish cisgender man

*Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien, white transgender woman

Victoria “Viccky” Ramos Gutierrez, Latinx transgender woman

*Isaac Herrera, Latinx cisgender (?) man

Celine Walker, black transgender woman

Tonya Harvey, black transgender woman

Zakaria Fry, white transgender woman

Carrell Ray, white transgender woman

Phylicia Mitchell, black transgender woman

Ta’ron “Rio” Carson, black cisgender man

*Tiffany Scotland, cisgender woman

Sasha Wall, black transgender woman

Leon Frazier III, black cisgender man

Lake Forest, CA – January 2, 2018

North Adams, MA – January 5, 2018

Los Angeles, CA – January 10, 2018

Oklahoma City, OK – January 9, 2018

Jacksonville, FL – February 4, 2018

Buffalo, NY – February 6, 2018

Sante Fe, NM – February 19, 2018

Sante Fe, NM – February 19, 2018

Cleveland, OH – February 23, 2018

Kansas City, MO – March 5, 2018

Redwood, WA – March 29, 2018

Chesterfield County, SC – April 1, 2018

West Park, FL – April 9, 2018

NCAVP receives information about homicides from local organizations, community members, and media accounts. While NCAVP strives to honor people in their identities, the identities listed are based on this information and may not be entirely accurate. It’s important to note that some identities and experiences are often erased in media, particularly bisexual people and gender nonconforming people.

NCAVP is a resource for anyone who experiences violence.  For more information, or to locate an anti-violence program in your area, please contact us at or visit us online.  Join NCAVP in our efforts to prevent and respond to LGBTQ and HIV-affected violence.  To learn more about our national advocacy and receive technical assistance or support, contact us at

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