While this past weekend as filled with fireworks and celebrations for the Fourth of July, for a local family, it was the one-year anniversary of their love one’s murder.
Bree “Nuk” Black, a trans woman, was shot and killed near her Pompano Beach home on July 3, 2020. Although throngs of people were in the area taking part in the Independence Day festivities, no one has come forward with any information leading to an arrest.
“Broward Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives continue to pursue leads and investigate the murder of Bree Black in hopes of finding the person or persons responsible for Bree’s death,” Carey Codd, senior public information officer for BSO, told SFGN in an email. “The case remains an open and active investigation, and homicide detectives urge anyone with information on this incident to please come forward and share what you know.”
A month after her murder, Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony announced that there was an $8,000 reward for information leading to an arrest—$3,000 from Broward Crime Stoppers and $5,000 from the Florida Sheriffs Association Criminal Apprehension Assistance Program.
“We can’t lose focus on the fact that in the U.S., the transgender community is targeted and discriminated against and we would like to get to a conclusion to understand whether or not this was a matter of a hate crime,” Tony said in a press conference last year.
Last year was the deadliest on record for the transgender community in the United States. According to the Human Rights Campaign, at least 44 transgender or gender nonconforming people were murdered in 2020; a large portion of them were Black or Hispanic. This is almost double the number in 2019. Three of them were in Florida — Tony McDade was shot and killed by a police officer in Tallahassee in May 2020, Yunieski Carey Herrera was stabbed to death by her husband in Miami in the middle of Transgender Awareness Week in November 2020, and Black during the Fourth of July weekend,
“Bree ‘Nuk’ Black was 27 years young. The average life expectancy of a Black trans woman is 35 years of age,” said Nik Harris, the LGBTQ consumer advocate to Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried.
Tatiana Williams, the co-founder and executive director of TransInclusive, has been in touch with Black’s family as well as law enforcement over the last year. She told SFGN that “unfortunately, the community is not stepping up.” Last year, Williams said that Black’s father has been “threatened due to this ongoing investigation” and that the family is trying to put the painful incident behind them.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Louis Bonhomme at 954-321-4377. To remain anonymous, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at browardcrimestoppers.org.