Celine Walker, 36, was found shot to death in an Extended Stay America Hotel in Jacksonville, FL, last Sunday, February 4. Police and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Department are seeking information and witnesses, but no suspects have yet been identified.
As usual, she was deadnamed and misgendered in the original reports of her death. Her friend Naomi Michaels said on Facebook that she had talked to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Department, and they do not, as a matter of policy, identify victims as transgender, ever.
More right-wing nut-jobbery, of course; we’re real, we’re here, and we’re being murdered…and such a policy does not help. Not only is it disrespectful, it also can hamper the investigation to go around asking possible witnesses about a man that was murdered, when the victim was a woman.
I’ll update with more details, as I hear about ’em. But between the nature of the crime, and the bungling Keystone Kops-esqe treatment of the victim by the JSD, justice is less likely.
But we’ll remember, Celine. We will.