NCAVP mourns the death of Alexus “Kimmy Icon” Braxton, a 45-year-old Black trans woman who was found dead in her apartment in Miami, FL on February 4. Police are indeed investigating the death as a homicide, but have stated they are not releasing any more information so as to not jeopardize their investigation.
Alexus was a hairstylist – according to her Facebook – and often posted about her joy as a Black trans woman, along withh the challenges she faced because of her identity. Part of her bio reads “I’m a trans [woman] living my truth,” and another photo she posted states “Living good with no fear, never I had fear in me.” Many are mourning the loss of Alexus on her page, commenting on several of her photos. Messages of “I’m sorry you had to leave this world so soon,” “fly high baby girl,” and similar sentiments crowd her profile and status updates.
Her mother, Joenita, is a board member of The Hollywood LGBTQ Council, and has spoken to several news outlets and orgs on the death of her daughter. She told HRC, “Twenty two years later and Black Trans Women’s lives are still not VALUED. In 1999, I witnessed my best friend get murdered in the streets of Miami. Sadly, since her murder, I’ve lost many more friends due to senseless violence. Here we are in 2021, it’s my daughter Kimmy. There’s one thing that remains the same: law enforcement, state officials and local politicians have no sense of urgency to address this growing epidemic. Please help us!” Alexus’ sister told NBC Miami “Whoever did this, you need to come forward … You hurting our family. You hurting everyone around us, and we want to know, why, why, why would you do it? What would the reason be for you to do such a crime and do such an act on a beautiful person?” A balloon release was held in Alexus’ honor on February 8.
Currently, police are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest in the case. Tips can be submitted to Detective J. Segova at (305) 471-2400 or to Miami-Dade County Crime Stoppers at (866) 471-8477 or CrimeStoppersMiami.com.
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.