NCAVP mourns the death of Kee Sam, a 24-year-old Black transgender woman in Lafayette, LA

NACP mourns the death of Kee Sam, a 24-year-old Black transgender woman who passed in Lafeyette, Louisiana. Kee was the victim of a fatal shooting at a hotel on August 12 – she passed from injuries received in the shooting the following day. Police currently have a suspect in custody for the shooting.

Loved ones are mourning Kee’s death on her personal Instagram page, writing comments such as “this can’t be true” and “you[‘re] in my heart forever.” One person shared the hashtag #LongLiveKeeSam.

**Please note that the article referencing Kee’s death deadnames her. AVP prioritizes outlets that accurately represent the names and pronouns of transgender people, but there were unfortunately a limited number of reports surrounding Kee. AVP believes it is best practice for all journalists to correctly identify trans murder victims.**

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.