Woke up this morning to find out that we’ve lost our 22nd trans person to anti-trans violence in the person of 30 year old Candace Towns of Macon, GA.
Candace is also the 17th Black trans person we have lost this year to anti trans violence, and 16 of the 17 people were trans feminine. Sadly she was just 30 years old. She’s the tenth Black trans person we’ve lost in 2017 who was age 30 or younger.
And as you probably guessed, the initial article by Laura Corley not only misgendered her, but also deadnamed Candace as well.
Towns was staying at the Rodeway Inn on Eisenhower Parkway, was last seen alive Saturday, and war reported missing on Sunday. At 4 PM EDT Tuesday an anonymous 911 call was received reporting a person was down at the end of a driveway and was possibly dead.
That person was our trans sister, and police arrived she was found shot to death on top of a hill on Rosecrest Avenue between Bright Street and Edgewood Ave.
This had not been Candace’s first brush with anti-trans violence. In July 2009 the Macon Telegraph reported that she’d been shot in the ankle on Pebble Street, a few blocks from when her body was found Tuesday afternoon.
As of this writing there are no suspects in this case, and if you have any information that will lead to the apprehension and incarceration of the killer, please call Macon Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-877-68CRIME (1-877-682-7463)
No word of any memorial service or funeral arrangements as of yet. I’ll pass that info on as soon as I receive it. I also will keep track of the case until justice is served for our sister to the satisfaction of her family and all who loved her..