Lamia Beard

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.”

One Response

  1. Virginia Anti-Violence Project

    Please share widely. Lamia’s family is having difficulty with burial expenses, and is turning to the community for assistance. Please take the time to help ensure that Lamia is given a proper burial and her life as a transgender woman of color is properly recognized.
    From the Beard Family: “The family greatly appreciates the support from the community and organizations who have come forth to help during this difficult time.” Lamia’s sister stated that “Lamia was a kind spirit and a warm and loving person to be around, the family is truly dismayed as to why anyone would commit such a crime, and asks that we respect the family in their time of mourning and Lamia’s identity as a transgender woman of color.” They would like to add that anyone with information to please contact the Norfolk Police Department’s tip line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.


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