When I was living in Louisville, I got to know and become friends in 2005 with Nakhia Williams. I was shocked and angry to find out less than a few days after I had a conversation with her in August 2008 she was found shot near her west Louisville apartment after a home invasion robbery August 20 and died from it ten days later.
I was even more pissed off when I saw the initial misgendering headline about that 2008 case and reported WDRB-TV to GLAAD over their misgendering report that violated AP Stylebook guidelines on reporting about trans people. I wasn't the only one pissed about it. So were local trans people and other persons who attended her funeral.
Was happy to find out that the wastes of DNA who committed the crime, Reginald Grider and Damon Malone were caught by LMPD and recently brought to justice.
And WDRB-TV respectfully reported it on their site.
Grider received 15 years for the robbery and burglary of Nakhia's apartment. Just before the trial was scheduled to start, Malone accepted a plea deal and was sentenced to 35 years for Nakhia's murder..
No, the punishments don't bring her back, but it does provide closure to the family and all of us who loved Nakhia and miss her in our lives.