I was hoping we could get through the remaining weeks in this year without having another trans person murdered. Sadly that is not the case.
We head to Baltimore for our latest sister we will memorialize in 2018.
Her name was Tydie Dansbury, and she was found unconscious on the side of a street at 4:15 AM EST on Monday, November 26. Neighborhood residents who called the Baltimore PD reported hearing a gunshot in the 2400 block of Guilford Ave at W. Lanvale St.
The 37 year old Dansbury was taken to a nearby hospital where she died a short time later.
BPD Police spokesperson TJ Smith said in a Baltimore Sun video interview that what they do know is that some kind of argument took place between Tydie and another person, and that person pulled out a gun and shot Tydie. The perpetrators subsequently left the crime scene at a high rate of speed in a dark colored vehicle.
Baltimore police are urging anyone with information that can solve this murder and bring the perpetrators to justice to call the police homicide office at 410-396-2199 or text with tips at 443-902-4824 You can also call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP (1-866-756-2587) to leave anonymous tips.
Tydie is the 23rd trans person we have lost to anti-trans violence in the US in 2018 and the 17th African American trans person we have lost this year.
The Baltimore Transgender Alliance hosted a vigil tonight that started at 7 PM at their headquarters, The BTA will be monitoring the situation to ensure that justice is served for our departed sister.
And I have to note one other thing. Baltimore is the headquarters city for the NAACP. When will they speak out. as HRC is doing, against the plague of violence disproportionately affecting Black trans people?
When will our Black trans lives matter to the oldest civil rights organization in our community?
Rest in power and peace , Tydie. You trans family and everyone who loved you will not rest until justice is served in your death.