We have lost our thirteenth person to anti-trans violence, and for the third time this year it happened in Jacksonville, FL.
She is 24 year old Cathalina Christina James. She is originally from Sumter, SC, but according to her Facebook page was in the process of moving to New York.
After the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office responded to a 1 PM EDT call Sunday at the Quality Inn located in the 8300 block of Dix Ellis Trail, James was found deceased from a gunshot wound in her third floor motel room by emergency responders.
The hotel was ironically located across the street from the JSO District 3 substation.
The only information so far concerning a possible suspect in this murder case is that a male was spotted driving a beige vehicle.
Cathalina is not only the 13th person killed this year and the third in Jacksonville alone, she is the seventh African American trans and GNC person we have lost to anti trans violence this year.
And what continues to sadden and infuriate me is that she was under 30 years of age.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is looking for any information that will help solve this case. I you saw something, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS (8477) or JSO’s non-emergency line at (904) 630-0500.
If you saw something, no matter how minor you think it is, call JSO so we can bring the perpetrator of this crime to justice. As of yet no word on a vigil or memorial service for Cathalina, but will pass that info also as I receive it.
There will be a Trans Lives Matter event sponsored by local activists at the Duval County Courthouse tomorrow at 7 PM EDT. Hope those of you in the Jacksonville area will consider attending it.
Rest in power and peace Cathalina. You barely got a chance to enjoy your life before it was taken from you. Your trans and GNC siblings will not only continue to remind people that your Black trans life mattered, we won’t rest until your killer is behind bars