In the Los Angeles area in the early morning hours of December 3, 21 year old Deshawnda ‘Tata’ Thomas spent the last moments of her life pounding on the door of a Compton, CA home around 4 AM desperately seeking to escape someone.
That help arrived too late, and she unfortunately became the third trans woman on Southern California to die this year and the eleventh trans woman of color nationally to die since June .
And what’s even more distressing to me, she was just 21 years old.
In what may turn out to be a huge break in this case, a surveillance camera at a nearby home caught someone getting out of a car and running toward the porch where Deshawnda was standing. That person is spotted moments later running back toward he vehicle as it departs at high speed.
A vigil was held Friday night to point out those grim statistics and to loudly restate the point that #TransLivesMatter.
Lets hope the person pr persons responsible for this latest murder of a trans woman of color are swiftly caught and punished.
And the trans community won’t rest until that happens.