NCAVP mourns the death of Bree Black, a 27-year-old Black transgender woman shot to death in Pompano Beach, Florida on July 3rd. Bree was pronounced dead shortly after cops arrived at the scene of the shooting that night.
Since her murder, activists and protesters set up a vigil to honor Bree, and demand justice for her death, while bringing attention to police violence that enables intercommunity violence. An organizer from Black Lives Matter Alliance Broward was quoted at the event saying “We want some immediate answers to what’s going on and we want this investigation to be done with full integrity.” The reward for information regarding Bree’s murder has since been increased to $8,000 by Broward Sheriff’s Office – anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Louis Bonhomme at (954) 321-4377. Those who wish to remain anonymous may contact Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS (8477) or online at BrowardCrimeStoppers.org.
Trans led organization TransInclusive Group have set a memorial fund for Bree via GoFundMe – the money will be transferred to Bree’s family.
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.