Not long after I learned about the murder of Tonya Harvey in Buffalo, because of the misgendering of her by law enforcement and Jacksonville, FL media, I’m just now discovering thanks to reader Kayla Gore about the murder of the fourth trans person we have lost to anti-trans violence in 2018 and the second we have lost this week in 36 year old Celine Walker.
Walker, who was from Brandon, FL , was found shot to death in a room at the Extended Stay America on Skinner Lake Drive near St John Town Center. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office was called to the location after Walker’s body was found at 8 PM EST Sunday.
The reason the media has misgendered her is because it started with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, who is claiming they have a policy that does not refer to victims as transgender.
Well Jacksonville Sheriff’s Department, y’all need to deal with the reality that trans people exists, because it was not only disrespectful to refer to Celine as a man, not stating from the outset that a transgender female was murdered (see how easy that was Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office) has delayed your investigation
Many of us in the trans community who know her don’t know, don’t want to know or don’t care to know a trans person’s dead name. If you tell us what your name is, we respect that.
And her Black trans life mattered
Police and JSD investigators did canvass the hotel and the area talking to find out if they heard or saw anything that will help bring Celine’s killer to justice. If you have any information about this case, you are urged to call Crimestopper at 866-845-TIPS (8477)
As of yet no word about a memorial service for Celine, but when I find out I’ll pass that info to you as soon as I receive it.
Rest in power and peace, Celine. Everyone who loved you will not rest until the person who killed you is brought to justice.