RIP Yaz’min Shancez

Some sad news to report coming out of Florida in terms of another one of our sisters being brutally murdered.  

The burned body of 31 year old Yaz’min Shancez was found behind a dumpster off Fowler Street Thursday morning in Fort Myers, FL.  

She had been shot prior to the burning of her body.  The death has been ruled a homicide, but Fort Myers police as of yet aren’t investigating it as a hate crime.

And tragically, Yaz’min died two years to the day  her 16 year old sister Cha’Riah Owens was shot and killed..

“Nobody deserves that,” said Beatrice Loggins, Shancez’s aunt in an interview. “Straight, gay, purple, pink, white, black. Nobody…There will never be another T, you couldn’t clone her, couldn’t mold her.”

Candles, balloons, flowers and stuffed animals adorn the site Friday, where according to the Fort Myers Police Department, a transgender person identified as Eddie James Owens, 31, was found dead Thursday behind a garbage container at Budget Truck Rental in Fort Myers. Police said Owens was found burned to death at 2807 Fowler Street. The death has been ruled a homicide.A vigil will be held later today starting at 7:30 PM EDT to honor the memory of Yaz’min Shancez at Centennial Park, 2000 W First St, Fort Myers, FL.       

In addition the Facebook group, there is also a fundraising page that has been set up to help the family pay for Yaz’min’s burial expenses.

If you have information to help solve this crime and bring the waste or wastes of DNA who did this to justice, please call the Fort Myers Police
Department at 239-321-7700, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS or text
message C-R-I-M-E-S (274637) Keyword FMPD.

Rest in Power, Yaz’min.   You are another one of our sisters who was taken away from us way too soon.

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