We’ve received some disheartening news out Nashville, Tennessee. Gizzy Fowler, a 24-year-old transgender woman, was found tragically shot to death. Initial police and media reports misidentified and misgendered the victim. The Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition has confirmed her gender identity.
Fowler was found laying outside an open car door in the driveway of a house of a homeowner that recently passed away from natural causes, reports Nashville news station FOX17. Neighbors thought it was suspicious since the home was unoccupied and proceeded to contact the authorities. They also heard gunfire prior to the body being found. Police are still seeking a suspect.
Next week, November 20, is Transgender Day of Remembrance and the Nashville LGBT community will honor the lives of transgender victims of violence, including Fowler’s. For more information about the TDOR event, and to RSVP, visit the Facebook event page.
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.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 862-8600 or CrimeStoppers at 74-CRIME.
ELIXHER will continue to monitor this story and update our readers as details develop. Our thoughts are with Fowler’s loved ones.