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Detroit: Transgender Woman of Color Murdered During Pride Month

Posted on | June 20, 2023 | Comments Off on Detroit: Transgender Woman of Color Murdered During Pride Month

During Pride Month!

An investigation is underway after the body of a transgender woman was found at a hotel [June 1], near Woodward and Six Mile in Highland Park.
The mother of Asia Davis is devastated — asking why and how something like this could happen.
“She’s my only child,” said Davis’ mother. “She was just getting a job, and went to school. I just don’t understand why this happened.”
The victim’s friend Allona Anderson, was outside the hotel where Asia’s body was found. It’s a hotel where many in the transgender community sometimes stay.
“We’ve (known) each other since we were (children), since we were younger,” said Anderson who is also transgender. “And we loved each other that was a good friend of mine.”
Michigan State Police is leading the investigation after receiving a call from the Highland Park Police Department about a deceased 34-year-old woman.

Police have released a surveillance video that shows a male suspect leaving the hotel on foot about 11 p.m. on the night in question, and we can only speculate why he was visiting “a hotel where many in the transgender community sometimes stay.” Meanwhile, in Milwaukee:

Cordell Howze (left); Cashay Henderson (right)

The 33-year-old Milwaukee man charged in connection to the murder of Cashay Henderson, a Black trans woman, has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.
The new plea came down Thursday [June 15], just one day after Henderson’s sister spoke out about her sister, saying, “My family and I just want justice for what happened to her.”
Cordell M. Howze was charged back in March with one count of first-degree reckless homicide in Henderson’s death.
The charge came after the Milwaukee Fire Department responded to a home near 29th and Villard on Feb. 26 for a fire. After discovering Henderson with a gunshot wound, Milwaukee police were notified. According to a criminal complaint, during a search of the home, a detective recovered a gasoline can, a gas can nozzle, and the key fob for a Toyota. An unfired 9mm cartridge was also recovered. Henderson’s Toyota was found parked in the parking lot.
Police identified Howze in security footage taken near Henderson’s apartment.

Among the charges against Howze is “possession of a firearm by a felon (habitual criminality repeater).” Meanwhile, in Maryland:

Darryl Carlton Parks Jr. (left); ‘Tasiyah’ Woodland (right)

A Washington, D.C., man has been arrested in the death of 18-year-old Black transgender woman Tasiyah “Siyah” Woodland of Maryland.
St. Mary’s County, Md., sheriff’s deputies and District of Columbia detectives arrested Darryl Carlton Parks Jr., 29, in D.C. March 28, the Washington Blade reports. He faces charges including first-degree murder and second-degree murder.
Woodland was shot to death March 24 near a bar in Mechanicsville, Md. St. Mary’s County authorities said there was “some type of confrontation” before she was killed, but they don’t believe her gender identity was a factor in the crime. Her family contends, however, that she was the victim of a hate crime, the Blade reports.
Woodland, who lived in Lexington Park, Md., had attended Great Mills High School and was studying at the College of Southern Maryland. She worked at a Hollister clothing store. On a GoFundMe page, family members described her as “high spirited and protective of those she loved.” After her mother’s death, Woodland “got the courage to start living in her truth and started her transition, which her family accepted with open arms,” the page notes.
Parks had been arrested in February 2021 in D.C. on charges of aggravated reckless driving and attempted second-degree child cruelty, the Blade reports. Charging documents said he had intentionally struck another vehicle with his pickup truck and that he had a 3-year-old child with him in the truck. The child was not in a safety seat or belted in. However, the charges were dismissed last September at prosecutors’ request.

As for Woodland “living her truth,” there’s this report:

A Lexington Park resident was charged with felony theft and felony unlawful taking of a vehicle along with several misdemeanors, including extortion/slander, rogue and vagabond and possession of more than 10 grams of marijuana.
Isiaih Alexander Woodland, 18, was arrested on Nov. 12 after police responded to an Extended Stay America in the 46500 block of Expedition Lane in Lexington Park.
A man said he met Woodland in a hotel room for mutual sex acts, according to a charging document, which used female pronouns for Woodland but identified Woodland’s sex as male.
The accuser, who had been intoxicated, woke up at 6:45 a.m. on Nov. 12 and discovered that his car keys and silver 2020 Ford Fusion were missing.
The man said Woodland sent him a text accusing him of trying to rape Woodland. The text also said Woodland would bring the car back, “but if you get the cops involved it’ll only make things worse for you,” the document states.
The charging document said the car was recovered at a Sheetz gas station at 10:07 a.m. on Nov. 12. Police allegedly found 27 grams of marijuana in the vehicle that Woodland said belonged to her.

Just another victim of transphobia, “living her truth.”




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