NCAVP mourns the death of Sara Blackwood, a 29-year-old transgender woman in Indianapolis, IN

NCAVP mourns the death of Sara Blackwood, a 29-year-old transgender woman who was fatally shot in Indianapolis on October 11th. Sarah was walking home from a shift at Long John Silver’s, where she worked, when she was killed.

Someone close to Sara reached out to publication Planet Transgender to provide some context around the attack and what authorities have communicated to her long-term domestic partner Avery Ellis Blackwood.

“Last night, Sara Blackwood was walking home when she was shot and killed. The homicide detectives have not told Avery much about what happened exactly, so they don’t know for sure.”
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“What they do know, is that Sara was shot, and alive at the scene. However, she died during emergency surgery at the hospital. This is the extent of Avery’s knowledge on what happened.”
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“I am writing this on behalf of Avery Ellis Blackwood, to make this devastating situation a little easier for them by not having to repeat the news over and over again.”

Friends described Sara to that same publication as “shy” and someone who loved anime, also indicative of her Facebook, in which several of her profile pictures are that of anime characters. On her social media, she describes herself as “A MLP:FiM [My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic] obsessed town girl fed up with capitalism. Also I miss role playing & videogames.” As of yesterday, Avery’s profile picture has been updated to a character from the cartoon show crying. On her death A former coworker of Sarah’s told a local news station “The world at large is missing a very kind, responsible person.”

Anyone with additional information has been encouraged to call IMPD at 317-327-3811.

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.