Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Number 11- Rest In Power And Peace, Sherrell Faulkner
I feared that the folks who would feel the brunt of the ramped up anti-trans violence would be the North Carolina trans communities of color because anti-trans hate thoughts + anti-trans hate speech = anti-trans violence/ murders.
Well, that fear became a reality on November 30, 2016 for 46 year old Sherrell Faulkner.
She was found near a dumpster in Charlotte's gay friendly Plaza-Midwood neighborhood at The Plaza and 35th Street suffering from trauma and was taken to Carolinas Medical Center for treatment.
She died on May 16 from the injuries sustained in the attack, and became the 11th person in 2017 and 10th African-American trans woman to die this year because of anti-trans violence.
And in a far too common and infuriating media pattern, another Black trans murder victim has been misgendered once again. This time the guilty party is WCNC-TV.
Her family has been notified of her death, and no word as of yet from my North Carolina trans family and media peeps if there is a memorial service planned for her.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Police are now investigating this case as a homicide.
If you have information that will lead to the capture, conviction and incarceration of the person of persons who killed Sherrell, please call Charlotte Mecklenburg Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or 704-432-TIPS (8477)
And as always, will be keeping track of this case until justice is served.
Rest in power and peace Sherrell.