Once again, it’s my sad TransGriot duty to announce that we’ve lost another trans sister due to senseless violence.
We move to Haines City, FL to talk about the death of 32 year old Mercedes Successful, whose body was found on Sunday at 7 PM in the parking lot of Big Lots and Tractor Supply Company at 35884 US 27.
And as you probably guessed, Mercedes got misgendered in the initial reporting by Bay 9. While I know the deadname, I’m not using it in this post so that I can give her the respect she deserves of being seen in death as she was during her all too brief life.
And once again, we have lost another Black trans sister before her 40th birthday. I’m beyond sick and tired of being sick and tired of this crap happening. The conservative movement’s facts free anti-trans rhetoric and transphobic hatred has real world costs, and trans women of color are paying in blood those costs.
Haines City Police are investigating her death as a homicide, but the extent of the injuries and cause of death are unknown pending the autopsy that was performed on Monday.
If you have information that will get us closer to solving this crime and apprehending the person or persons who killed our trans sister, you are urged to call the Haines City Police at 863-421-3636 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477)
Mercedes was born in Kingston, Jamaica but resided in Haines City. She was involved in the drag and pageant world, but according to various Facebook posts had recently started her transition two months ago and was on HRT..
This is a developing news story, and as I continue to get details about this heinous crime, I’ll pass the details on to you TransGriot readers.
Rest in power and peace, Mercedes. Your trans siblings, family and all who loved you will not rest until the person who took you from us is brought to justice.
TransGriot Update: Results of the autopsy showed that Mercedes died from a gunshot wound.