We haven’t finished our first week of 2017, and we have now lost two trans people in the United States to anti-trans violence.
The latest trans person to unfortunately be killed in 2017 is 28 year old Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow of Sioux Falls, SD. A neighbor smelled a strong odor coming from a nearby apartment at 8th Street and N. Cleveland Avenue on the east side of Sioux Falls Friday night.
When police arrived at that location, they discovered the body of Wounded Arrow. It is presumed she was murdered on New Year’s Day.
Jamie was new to the Sioux Falls area, and grew up on the Pine Ridge reservation. She was a proud Oglala Lakota trans woman working at a local call center and an active member of Sioux Falls Two-Spirit and Allies.
The Sioux Falls PD is considering her death a homicide, and they are looking for any information that will help them solve this case.
There will be a prayer service for Jamie Lee tonight at 6 PM tonight at the Cleveland Heights Apartments.
Rest in power and peace Jamie We won’t rest until the person who killed you is brought to justice.