Jacksonville Woman is Fourth Transgender Person Killed this Year

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Celine Walker. Photo via Facebook.

A Jacksonville woman was misgendered by authorities, leading the announcement of her murder to be delayed a week.

Celine Walker was shot to death on Feb. 4 and became the fourth transgender person to be killed in 2018, according to PinkNews. Her death was the second transgender person within a week after Tonya Harvey was shot in Buffalo, New York.

Jacksonville police reports used her dead-name when they were filed, leading to the delay in finding her true identity.

Friends of Walker took to Facebook to remember her. Naomi Michaels asked friends to correctly report the death to police and media outlets.

“Celine was not a pageant girl,” Michaels said. “She didn’t even enjoy going to gay clubs or events. She lived a low key life where she did whatever needed to be done in order for her to survive.”

Several people within the comments reported they had made calls to local media and to Jacksonville Police to correct the misgendering. Walker’s killer is still at-large as of publication, according to PinkNews.

2017 was reported as the deadliest year on record for transgender people in the United States, according to the Human Rights Council. Last year, 28 people were killed who were openly transgender.

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