NCAVP mourns the death of Phylicia Mitchell, who was shot and killed outside of her home in Cleveland, OH on Friday, February 23, 2018. According to media reports, no arrests have been made and the motive remains under investigation. Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO) is working with Cleveland area organizations and individuals to offer support and assistance.
“Our hearts, minds and condolences are with Phylicia’s chosen family, friends, and community in this time of tragedy. We at BRAVO are saddened and outraged as our communities continue to be targeted, and we remain steadfast in providing services to the LGBTQI communities of Ohio. We must continue to come together as a broad community of support until hate has no home in Ohio, until hate has no home anywhere,” says Aaron Eckhardt, in a statement released by BRAVO.
Phylicia Mitchell, 46, worked as a hairstylist and her longtime partner, Shane Mitchell, described her as a loving and kind person.
We mourn the loss of Phylicia Mitchell. We send love and care to her family, friends, and loved ones.
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 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.