We have now had the third trans person murdered in 2018, and we go to Buffalo, NY to talk about the latest trans person we have lost far too soon.
Thanks to TransGriot reader Marissa Webber, I was informed that 35 year old Tonya Harvey was fatally shot Tuesday evening just before 5:30 PM EST in the 100 block of Shepard Street near Pullman Place.
Webber said about her friend, “She transitioned in high school before there was the level of support currently in society and in the media today.”
“Tonya knew in her heart who she was. She was confident enough and loved herself enough to be who she was regardless of the hate she would receive in the world and by her peers in school,” Webber continued.
Harvey, who was also known as Kita to her friends, died at the scene. She was not only the first confirmed murder in the city of Buffalo for 2018. she is unfortunately the first confirmed African American trans woman killed this year.
And in the ongoing pattern that continues to concern and infuriate me when it comes to these trans murders, she was under age 40.
Police have not released any further details as of yet concerning this case, but a spokeswoman for the Erie County District Attorney’s office stated that the Harvey case is being investigated as a possible hate crime.
As of yet there are no suspects, but if you have any information concerning this case you are urged to call either the Buffalo Police Department or Buffalo Crimestoppers at 716- 867-6161
As of this writing, no news about a memorial service. The Pride Center of Western New York also stated they would be working with community partners to help the community and all who loved Tonya grieve.
As soon as I receive that information I’ll pass that along as expeditiously as possible.
Rest in power and peace, Tonya. Your trans family and all who loved will will not rest until the person who killed you is captured and justice is expeditiously served.