NCAVP mourns the death of Aidelen Evans, a 24-year-old Black transgender woman who was found dead in a canal in Port Arthur, TX on March 18th. Aidelen’s body was discovered by police, who are now performing a second autopsy by request of her family to determine the cause of death.
Very little is known about the circumstances that led to Aidelen’s passing, and police are asking folks who have information about where Aidelen was last seen or who she was with to contact the Port Arthur Police Department at 409-983-8600 or to contact Crime Stoppers of Southeast Texas at 833-TIPS. Police have not yet ruled out hate violence as the cause of death, calling the situation “suspicious” but stating that revealing any more would be “detrimental”. Aidelen was originally from Beaumont, an area 20 miles away from where she was found, which also complicates the case according to police.
Her family has been searching for answers since the discovery – “It’s hard, it’s really hard. And the only thing you can do is look to God and ask him,” said Aidelen’s grandfather Dexter Balka. Because of the investigation, family members have not been able to provide Aidelen with a proper burial. Aidelen’s grandmother told local news outlet 12 News Now: “This is heartbreaking, I don’t care what nobody has to say. Nobody should have this. Nobody — no parent should have to go through this.”
NCAVP stands in solidarity with Black trans women, and we know that it is always hard to read these reports of violence against our communities. We know this can be even more painful when there continues to be an unchecked epidemic of homicides of Black trans women, as police violence is escalating against Black and brown people, and our nation continues to be grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic that highlights long standing healthcare disparities for Black and brown 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.