By Glennisha Morgan
On March 2, Gabriella Nevarez, a lesbian woman of color, was shot and killed by Sacramento County police officers. According to ABC News 10, the 22-year-old was shot and killed by Citrus Heights officers after ramming her grandmother’s vehicle into a Citrus Heights Police Department car. Referred to as “Gabby” by friends and family, the young woman led the police on a high speed chase after it was reported that the car she was driving had been stolen. Police said that they tried to pull Nevarez over, but she refused, reports CBS Sacramento.
According to the Merced Sun-Star, there were two officers involved in the shooting. “Our officers felt their life was in imminent danger and fired on her,” said Citrus Heights police spokesman Bryan Fritsch, as quoted by the Merced Sun-Star. Nevarez was pronounced dead at the scene.
She had just gotten into a disagreement with her grandmother, who then called 911 and said that her granddaughter had stolen her vehicle, according to Nevarez’s friends and family.
The officers involved in the killing of Gabriella Navarez are on standard administrative leave, as reported by CBS Sacramento.
Dozens united near the location of her death to remember the mother of one. “She loved her family so much,” said her girlfriend, Hailey Lewis. “That was the most important thing to her, her family.”
Friends and family of Gabby are currently seeking justice and have started an Instagram page for the slain woman. The handle for the page is @JusticeForGabb. They’ve attempted to reach out to reality TV stars such as Po Johnson and Dice of MTV’s La La’s Full Court Life, Compton rapper The Game and a few other out lesbians celebrities.
Glennisha Morgan serves as ELIXHER’s Entertainment Editor. She is the founder of The Fembassy (a blog site that is solely dedicated to women MCs), a multimedia journalist, photographer and filmmaker. During her career she has interviewed people like Russell Simmons, La La Anthony, MC Lyte, Brendon Ayanbadejo, Laverne Cox, and Marsha Ambrosius. In 2010, Glennisha was featured in BET’s first original music documentary, ‘My Mic Sounds Nice.’