Saturday, April 22, 2017
BTWI Statement Concerning The Death Of Chayvis 'Chay' Reed
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 22, 2017
Contact: Monica Roberts BTWI Media Chair
Carmarion Anderson BTWI Founding National Director
855-255-8636 Ext 11
Black Transwomen, Inc is saddened and angered to hear about the loss of another precious life to anti-trans violence in the person of 28 year old Chayvis Darice 'Chay' Reed of Miami. FL.
We at Black Transwomen, Inc express our deepest condolences to Ms. Reed's family and all the people in her all too brief life who loved her.
According to a witness a group of people were walking up a sidewalk in the West Little River neighborhood near the intersections of Northwest 27th and Northwest 93rd Streets when one of them ran across Northwest 27th Street at approximately 5 AM EDT. Six or seven shots subsequently rang out according to the witness and that person fell to the ground.
The shooter fled the scene and is being sought by Miami-Dade police. The incident was captured by the home surveillance cameras of the witness, and the video is being reviewed by Miami-Dade police detectives.
We at BTWI are also upset and angered to note that once again, a deceased Black trans woman has been misgendered and disrespected in the local media.
Reed is the ninth trans woman of color murdered in the US in 2017, and the eight African-American trans person killed this year. Out of those eight Black trans women we have lost this year, seven of them are under age 40.
If you have any information that will bring Chay's killer to justice, you are urged to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305- 471-TIPS (8477)
Rest in power and peace, Chay. Know that all who love you will not rest until justice is served in this case.