UPDATE: The Virginia Anti-Violence Project Board is raising funds to support memorial and funeral expenses. You can contribute here.
Lamia Beard, a 30-year-old Black trans woman, was recently murdered in Norfolk, Virginia. She was found just before 4 a.m. on Saturday, January 17 suffering from a gunshot wound in the 700 block of E. 25th Street, reports TransGriot. She was taken to Norfolk General Hospital where she later died.
Her viewing will be held on Sunday, January 25, with the funeral service to take place at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 26 at the Metropolitan Funeral Service: Berkley Chapel (120 W. Berkley Avenue, Norfolk, VA).
According to a 2013 report by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, 72% of LGBTQ homicide victims were transgender women and 67% of homicide victims were transgender women of color. NCAVP responded to the deaths of twelve transgender women of color in 2014.
“I think the Black community needs to acknowledge the fact that they are being completely silent about the murders that have been happening in our community,” Lourdes Ashley Hunter, executive director of the Trans Women of Color Collective, recently told The Root. “Just last year, 12 trans women of color were murdered with no response from the Black community. When folks scream, ‘Black Lives Matter,’ they’re not talking about Black trans women. Most of the time, they’re not even talking about [cis] Black women.”
Anyone with information about Lamia’s shooting can contact the Norfolk Crime Line at 888-LOCK-U-UP.
“Rest in power, Lamia,” trans blogger and activist Monica Roberts writes. “We won’t rest as a community until your killer is found and brought to justice.”