MIAMI (PM) — According to the Miami-Dade Police Department, Marquis “Kiki” Fantroy, 21, was murdered on Wednesday morning. While they do not consider her murder was a hate crime, family members feel that her gender identity may have played a role in her murder.
According to the Miami Herald, Fantroy was killed during an argument and discovered near an abandoned home. Her mother says she was returning home from a gathering with friends when this happened. Police have stated that there was a gathering of people nearby the shooting.
In local news, Fantroy was deadnamed, which expresses a continuous fundamental issue with coverage of news encompassing trans people. Deadnaming and misgendering in news reports is not only transphobic and inconsiderate but likely suggests that statistics surrounding trans people and the violence against them may be fallacious.
Fantroy reportedly enjoyed music and doing hair. Though she was only 21, she started her transition over a decade ago. Since then she has endured hate and discrimination.
Kiki is the 13th transgender African-American woman to be killed this year in the United States. She is the 9th transgender woman to be killed this year before reaching 30 years of age. She is also the 11th transgender woman to be killed by gun violence this year.