In Memoriam 2021

Lives Lost to Fatal Anti-LGBTQ and Intimate Partner Violence in 2021

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 2020 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.

Jahaira DeAlto Balenciaga – Boston, MA – May 2, 2021

Natalia Smüt – San Jose, CA – April 23, 2021*

Iris Santos – Houston, TX – April 23, 2021

Nichelle Thomas – Brooklyn, NY – April 20, 2021

Aidelen Evans – Port Arthur, TX – March 18, 2021

Rayanna Pardo – Los Angeles, CA – March 17, 2021

Diamond Kyree Sanders – Cincinnati, OH – March 3, 2021

Kim Tova Wirtz – Baltimore, MD – February 26, 2021

Jenna Franks – Jacksonville, NC – February 24, 2021

Jeffrey Bright – Beaver County, PA – February 22, 2021

Chyna Carrillo – New Wilmington, PA – February 18, 2021

Alexus “Kimmy Icon” Braxton – Miami, Fl – February 4, 2021

Fifty Bandz – Baton Rouge, LA – Januay 28, 2021

Dominique Jackson – Jackson, MS – January 25, 2021

Bianca “Muffin” Bankz – Atlanta, GA – January 17, 2021

Bobby Scott – DeLand, FL – January 17, 2021

Samuel Edmund Damián Valentín – Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico – January 9, 2021

Tyianna Alexander – Chicago, IL – January 6, 2021

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 info@ncavp.org 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 info@ncavp.org.

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