NCAVP mourns the death of Keisha Wells, a 58 year-old black transgender woman, in Cleveland, OH. According to local reports, Wells was shot and killed in a parking lot and found in the early morning hours of Sunday, June 24. The suspect is still large at this time. Police have charged James Butler, who is not yet in custody, in connection as he helped dispose of her body.
The loss of Keisha Wells, who was a life-long resident of Cleveland, marks the 2nd transgender person killed in the city in 4 months. On February 23, Phylicia Mitchell was shot and killed outside of her home.
Wells was affectionately known as “Pokey” and described by her aunt, Regina Spicer, as a funny and generous woman. We send our love and care to her 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. 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.