TransInclusive Group has created a memorial fund for Bree Black, a Black transgender woman, who was shot and killed on July 3 in Pompano Beach.
Since being created on July 10, it has raised over $2,000.
Black, 27, was killed at 10:18 p.m. by 244 NW 12th St. in Pompano Beach, close to her home. Homicide Sgt. Bryan Tutler, who was not at the scene, said that a lot of people were outside at the time of the shooting because of the Fourth of July weekend. By the time police arrived at the scene, Black was already dead and hundreds of people were congregating in the streets and sidewalk. However, no one has come forward with details about the shooting, and the suspect is still at large, according to the report.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office is asking for any eyewitnesses to come forward to help solve her murder since Tutler says that law enforcement has little to go on right now.
“The witness accounts that we have are very basic and they’re coming from most people who got involved after the shooting, not people who saw the [crime] unfortunately,” he said in a press conference.
Tatiana Williams, the co-founder and executive director of TransInclusive Group, was a part of the press conference and has been in touch with Black’s family. She said that although she did not ask about what they thought the motive was, no one brought it up with her. Right now, she said that they are focusing on “figuring out what they want to do.”
“I was more concerned about what it is that they would need from a community perspective and how we wanted to present Bree,” she said.
According to the Transgender Law Center, Black is one of six Black transgender women found dead in several weeks.
She is among 21 transgender people killed this year. In 2019 at least 27 were killed, according to the Human Rights Campaign.
Compass in Lake Worth addressed Black’s death on Facebook, saying “These senseless acts of violence continue to plague of transgender community of color at disproportional rates.”
If you have information about Bree Black’s death, contact Det. Louis Bonhomme at 954-321-4377. To remain anonymous, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or browardcrimestoppers.org.