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NCAVP mourns the death of 23-year-old Zoe Spears, a Black trans woman in Fairmount Heights, MD

NCAVP mourns the death of 23-year-old Zoe Spears, a Black trans woman in Fairmount Heights, MD. Spears is the second trans woman to be killed in the area this year. According to local reports, friends remember her for her independent spirit and love for life. Spears lived independently and dreamed of becoming a lawyer.

Police have arrested a man in connection with the murder. Investigation is ongoing and charges are forthcoming.

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 memberIf 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.