NCAVP mourns the death of Diamond Kyree Sanders, a 23-year-old Black transgender woman who suffered a fatal gunshot wound on March 3 in Cincinnati, OH. Police discovered her suffering from the attack in her car, where she was then brought to the hospital and later pronounced dead.
A substantial obituary posted by her family describes Diamond as a well dressed, family loving woman, who loved to travel. She was “known to be in New York City one week and New Orleans the following.” At her last Thanksgiving with her family, she told them she was thankful that they accepted her for who she was. The obituary details Diamond’s closeness with her family from a young age – she would often say “I love my whole family!” and her upbringing was made up of trips to the Bahamas and Walt Disney World, and weekends with her aunt and grandmother.
The police are not investigating Diamond’s death as hate violence and use dated and harmful language like “lifestyle” when describing her. Local organizations have spoken out on the problematic nature of the police’s statement – asserting that being transgender is not a “lifestyle,” and that Black trans women face extremely high rates of violence.
An investigation surrounding the attack is ongoing – those with information are asked to call The Cincinnati Police Department Homicide Unit at 531-352-3542.
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.