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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 – Lake Forest, CA – January 2, 2018

*Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien, white transgender woman – North Adams, MA – January 5, 2018

Victoria “Viccky” Ramos Gutierrez, latinx transgender woman – Los Angeles, CA – January 10, 2018

*Isaac Herrera, latinx cisgender (?) man – Oklahoma City, OK – January 9, 2018

Celine Walker, black transgender woman – Jacksonville, FL – February 4, 2018

Tonya Harvey, black transgender woman – Buffalo, NY – February 6, 2018

Zakaria Fry, white transgender woman – Sante Fe, NM – February 19, 2018

Carrell Ray, white transgender woman – Sante Fe, NM – February 19, 2018

Phylicia Mitchell, black transgender woman – Cleveland, OH – February 23, 2018

Ta’ron “Rio” Carson, black cisgender man – Kansas City, MO – March 5, 2018

Clifford Williams, cisgender man – Brooklyn, NY – March 14, 2018

Amia Tyrae Berryman, black transgender woman – Baton Rouge, LA – March 26, 2018

*Tiffany Scotland, cisgender woman – Redwood, WA – March 29, 2018

Sasha Wall, black transgender woman – Chesterfield County, SC – April 1, 2018

Leon Frazier III, black cisgender man – West Park, FL – April 9, 2018

*Jeremy Sanchez, latinx cisgender man – Los Angeles, CA – April 18, 2018

Karla Patricia Pavón, latinx transgender woman – Dallas, TX – May 12, 2018

Nicole Hall, black transgender woman – Dallas, TX – May 12, 2018

Nino Fortson, black genderqueer – Atlanta, GA – May 13, 2018

Gigi Pierce, transgender woman – Portland, OR –  May 21, 2018

*Kevin Thompson – Carrick, PA – May 31, 2018

Antash’a English, black transgender woman – Jacksonville, FL – June 1, 2018

Diamond Stephens, black transgender woman – Meridian, MS, June 18, 2018

Cathalina Christina James, black transgender woman – Jacksonville, FL – June 24, 2018

Sasha Garden, black transgender woman – Orange County, FL – July 19, 2018

Keisha Wells, black transgender woman – Cleveland, OH – June 24, 2018

Dejanay Stanton, black transgender woman – Chicago, IL, August 30, 2018

Vontashia Bell, black transgender woman – Shreveport, LA, August 30, 2018

Shantee Tucker, black transgender woman – Philadelphia, PA, September 5, 2018

Londonn Moore, black transgender woman – North Port, FL, September 8, 2018

Nikki Janelle Enriquez, Latinx transgender woman – Laredo, TX,  September 15, 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.

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