A transgender woman, Duval Princess, was shot and killed on Jan. 3 in Jacksonville.
According to the Human Rights Campaign, she is the second known trans or GNC person to be killed in 2022.
The 24-year-old trans woman was shot in her car around 1 a.m. at the Highland Square shopping center; her family tells First Coast News that she went there to meet someone she knew and they believe that person killed her.
Family told the news outlet that Princess was the eldest of 10 children and a parental figure to her younger siblings. She was well known in the LGBT community and was skilled in creating wigs and weaves, according to Action News Jax, and had an “outgoing personality.” Throughout Facebook, friends and loved ones wrote tributes and shared videos of their time with Princess.
Her mother, Shemeika Robinson, called for justice for her child, who she said “didn’t deserve it.”
Princess’ family has created a GoFundMe page to help pay for her funeral costs.
Last year, the Human Rights campaign recorded the deaths of 51 transgender or gender non-conforming people, the highest since the organization started tracking deaths in 2013 — however, the agency notes that the number is probably even higher.
SFGN followed up on cases in Florida since 2015 and found that in 2018, at least four trans or GNC murders took place in Jacksonville alone. Of the 23 cases in the Sunshine State, half of them are still open.
Anyone with information on the death of Duval Princess should call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.
News outlets, police reports, and even friends and family often deadname or misgender transgender and gender non-conforming people. In this report, we used the gender and pronouns as reported by the Human Rights Campaign.