Damn, I barely have calmed down from the rant I unleashed yesterday about too many of my young African descended transsisters being killed before I was sent news of this one from my old Louisville, KY stomping grounds.
It has all the disrespectful AP Stylebook violations I loathe when writing about these murders of African-American trans women.
Using mugshot photo in WHAS-TV story: CHECK. Using victim’s dead name: CHECK. Misgendering her throughout the story: CHECK
Surprised the WHAS-TV peeps didn’t disrespect Ms. Edwards further by inserting whatever criminal record they could find since they found the mugshot.
The 20 year old Ms. Edwards (I refuse to use a name that is in violation of AP Stylebook standards for covering trans people) was found shot to death at the Fern Valley Motel in the 2700 block of Fern Valley Road on January 9.
She was from Indianapolis, and after LMPD was called to the scene, she was transported to a local hospital where she was declared dead upon arrival after suffering a single gunshot would to the chest.
LMPD is searching for 20 year old Henry Richard Gleaves in connection with this homicide and if you have eyeballs on him, please call the anonymous LMPD tip line at 502-574-LMPD.
For those of you in the Louisville area or Indianapolis area where Ms.Edwards was from, if you have some pics of her or know her femme name, please get it to me ASAP so I can properly and respectfully cover her story unlike the stenographers at WHAS-TV.
And this now make three transsisters we have lost to anti-trans violence since this year started, all 30 years old or younger.
And this month still isn’t over yet.
#BlackTransLivesMatter Once again how many more of us have to die before the Black community gives a damn? .
TransGriot Update. Typed the last name as Williams instead of Edwards. That’s what I get for writing while watching Serena play tennis. It has been corrected in the post.
Henry Gleaves, the person who is alleged to have committed the crime, is now in LMPD custody and has been charged with murder.