Just days after the news surrounding Kiki Fantroy’s death went national, reports are now indicating that Pebbles LaDime Doe, a Black trans woman living in South Carolina, has become the 14th trans woman murdered in 2019. This latest news makes Doe the fourth Black trans woman murdered in South Carolina since 2018, leading SC Equality to declare an “absolute state of emergency for Black transgender women,” recommending legislation that would protect this community.
Doe was discovered dead inside a vehicle on August 4th in a driveway in Allendale County. While police have not published details, in the local press, her obituary, and in comments from close family, Doe has been deadnamed and misgendered, which has pointed to a lag in identifying her as trans.
SC Equality released in their statement naming Doe, Denali Berries Stuckey, Sasha Wall, and Regina Denise Brown as the four Black trans women murdered in South Carolina since 2018. They also point out that the state is “one of only five states in the U.S. with NO Hate Crimes Law protecting transgender citizens.”
Doe is the 14th US African-American transgender woman to be murdered in 2019. She is the tenth transgender woman to have been lost before the age of 30.