NCAVP mourns the death of 22-year-old Jordan Cofer, a white transgender man who was one of the victims in the Dayton, OH mass shooting, August 4, and sibling of the shooter. While it is not apparent whether biased played a role in Jordan’s death, he is the 14th known transgender person to die by way of homicide. A close friend remembers Jordan as, “one of the sweetest people you would ever meet, a true saint… He tried to give the best to everyone.”
The National Center for Transgender Equality released the following statement about Jordan’s death: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Jordan as well as eight others in this tragic and violent act. Mass gun violence is an epidemic in this country and deserving of swift and immediate action by lawmakers at all levels of government. We join the nation in mourning for every community impacted by gun violence.”
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 bilngual 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.