NCAVP mourns the death of Karla Patricia Pavón, a transgender woman of color, in Dallas, TX. According to reports, she was choked to death in her home. Police have arrested 24-year-old Jimmy Eugene Johnson III and believe robbery may have been the motive as Pavón’s items were found in his car. This is the 9th reported loss of a trans-person and the 7th trans-person of color this year.
While we mourn those we have lost to violence and hold their lives in our memory, we must continue to work to end violence in our lives and in our communities. 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.
We send our love to Pavón’s friends, family, and loved ones.
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.
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.
This post has been updated as of May 22, 2018.