NCAVP mourns the death of Dejanay Stanton, a 24 year-old black transgender woman, in Chicago, IL. As reported by Windy City Times, Stanton was found dead on August 30th due to a gunshot wound to the head. She was pronounced dead upon arriving to the hospital. Police are currently investigating Stanton’s death.
Activist LaSaia Wade, executive director of Brave Space Alliance, described Stanton to Windy City Times as “sweet.”
“Every time you saw her she had a smile on her face,” Wade said. “She was just trying to live her best life as a young girl.”
Friends are planning on releasing balloons August 31, at 7:30 pm, near the site of her murder (King Drive and 40th st.) We send our love and thoughts to Stanton’s family and friends.
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. 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.