NCAVP mourns the death of Jenna Franks, a 34-year-old white transgender woman in Jacksonville, NC

NCAVP mourns the death of Jenna Franks, a 34-year-old white transgender woman whose body was found near a bike trail area in Jacksonville, NC on Febuary 24. Police are currently investigating the death as a homicide.

Much action has been taken by LGBTQ activist groups since Jenna’s death, including a callout post by GLAAD, demanding that news outlets who knowingly misgendered and deadnamed Jenna revise their reporting, and a fund providing support to LGBTQ people experiencing joblessness and homelessness. The fund – titled the Jenna Franks Interim Housing Project – was started by her sister Amber Franks, and the Onslow Community LGBTQ+ Center, where Jenna was a client. “Jenna Franks lived in Jacksonville North Carolina. She was loved by many people in Jacksonville. She was also a transgender woman,” said the director of the center, Dennis Biancuzzo, in a statement to GLAAD. 

On social media, Jenna’s friends and family are mourning her passing. A celebration of life is being held in her honor on April 10th, and a Spotfund has been started to help raise money for funeral costs. “You were an amazing soul,” writes one user. “I love you Jenna Franks with the bottom of my heart,” writes her best friend. 

Police have asked anyone with information surrounding Jenna’s death to contact Det. Kymberly Schott at (910) 938-6414 or kschott@jacksonvillenc.gov, or Crime Stoppers at (910) 938-3273. If calling Crime Stoppers, refer to Case 21-00540.

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.