28-year-old Amia Tyrae was killed March 26, shot to death in a motel room in Baton Rouge, LA. On March 30, it was announced that Dedrick Butler, 22, of Denham Springs, La., had been arrested in the killing. Charges with second-degree murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.
A friend of Tyrae, NeVaa White, told Mic.com that Amia had been out since at least 2009, and constructed a community of close friendships. “She made family with her peers in the L.G.B.T. community of Baton Rouge,” Ms. White said, adding that Ms. Tyrae didn’t have an easy life, and that she “was taken away in the very manner she feared.”