NCAVP mourns the death of Cathalina Christina James, a black transgender woman, in Jacksonville, FL. This is the 4th reported shooting incident against a transgender person in the area this year. According to media reports, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office initially reported Cathalina was shot at the Quality Inn on Sunday, June 24 around 1pm. Yet again, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office misgendered and deadnamed the victim. Advocates and friends who knew her reached out to ensure accurate reporting and investigation.
Earlier this month an unidentified transgender woman was shot by her boyfriend, Ronald Diquan Bost, who is now facing attempted murder charges.
Just one week prior, Antash’a English, a well-known performer who won many titles in the transgender pageantry circuit, was shot and killed.
In March we reported the loss of Celine Walker who was shot and killed in a hotel. The suspect is still at large.
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. We send our love and care to the Jacksonville community and Cathalina’s loved ones.
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.