Hard on the heels of hearing the news that the body found stuffed in a trash can in rural Santa Fe County was our missing trans sister, was news out of Cleveland, OH that we have now lost our sixth person of the year to anti-trans violence.
46 year old Phylicia Mitchell was found shot in front of her home in the West Side Edgewater neighborhood on West 112th Street near Detroit Avenue at approximately 6 PM on Friday. She was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center where she was pronounced dead according to Cleveland.com and CPD spokeswoman Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia
The case is under investigation, and Cleveland Police are looking for any information that will help them solve this case and bring to justice the person or persons who murdered her.
Mitchell becomes the sixth trans person killed in 2018 and the third African American one this year. She is also the oldest person so far to be killed this year since the pattern is usually trans women under age 40.
As of yet no information as to whether there will be a memorial service or vigil, and when I receive that information I will pass it along. I’ll also keep an eye on this case until justice is served for her, her longtime partner and all who loved her..
Rest in power and peace, Phylicia.