NCAVP mourns the death of Candace Towns, a Black transgender woman killed in Macon, GA, on October 31, 2017. Candace Towns is at least the 26th transgender and gender-nonconforming person killed in 2017. According to media reports, Towns was found fatally shot after being reported missing earlier that weekend. Police are investigating her death as a homicide, though the investigation is still in its early stages. Media reports initially misgendered and dead-named Towns.
We mourn the loss of Candace Towns, and send love and care to her friends and loved ones. “If I needed anything she would give it to me. She would give me the clothes off her back,” said Malaysa Monroe, remembering Candace’s kindness and generosity.
In memory of Candace Towns.
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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.