NCAVP mourns the death of Dior H Ova, a Black transgender woman who was stabbed to death in the Bronx on July 26th. Some reports also refer to Dior as Tiffany Harris, though it remains unclear which best reflects her identity – a trans advocate and organizer of homeless youth programs who knew Dior confirmed her identity as Tiffany, but social media accounts of the victim list her name as Dior. Friends have confirmed that Tiffany identifies as a trans woman, but not which name is most accurate.
A friend remembers Dior as a shopaholic who was obsessed with Louis Vuitton. “Everyone loves her … She is one of a kind,” recalls another. According to her Facebook, Dior worked as a personal shopper, and enjoyed “Desperate Housewives,” “Nip/Tuck,” and other TV dramas. She would also post photos of various luxury brands she loved.
Police are still searching for the suspect involved in the murder. Anyone with information about the assailant’s identity is encouraged to call Crimestoppers at 1-(800) 577-TIPS,
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.