It’s been six months since Bree Black was shot and killed near her Pompano Beach home and law enforcement has yet to identify her killer.
A Black transgender woman who also went by the nickname “Nuk” was killed July 3 over the holiday weekend. Even though a crowd was outside due to the festivities, few people have come to the Broward Sheriff’s Office with information.
“The Bree Black case is still an open active investigation and homicide detectives are still following up on all available information in their investigation,” Sgt. Donald Prichard, a public information officer for the Broward Sheriff’s Office, told SFGN in an email. “Detectives are still asking for any eyewitnesses to come forward.”
In August, the reward for information leading to the arrest of her killer was increased to $8,000. Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony announced the news in a press conference, where he also said, “We have not received any type of information from the community. No calls, no tips, no support in this particular investigation.”
A GoFundMe memorial fund was created by TransInclusive on behalf of Black’s family, with people still donating to it.
Tatiana Williams, the co-founder and executive director of TransInclusive, told SFGN in an email in the fall that Black’s family has not been comfortable speaking with the media, but “are grateful for the work we are doing to help find her murderer.”
Williams added: “The father stated he has been threatened due to this ongoing investigation and the family is trying to put this behind them.”
Twenty-twenty was a deadly year for the transgender community, particularly Black and Latinx women. According to the Human Rights Campaign, at least 44 trans people were killed — a huge increase from the 25 killed in 2019.
“Since HRC began tracking this data in 2013, advocates have never seen such a high number at this point in the year,” according to the HRC. “These victims, like all of us, are loving partners, parents, family members, friends and community members. They worked, went to school and attended houses of worship. They were real people — people who did not deserve to have their lives taken from them.”
In Florida, Tony McDade, a Black trans man, was shot and killed by a police officer in Tallahassee in May 2020. Yunieski Carey Herrera, a trans beauty queen in Miami, was stabbed to death by her husband in November in the middle of Transgender Awareness Week.
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Det. Louis Bonhomme at 954-321-4377. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at browardcrimestoppers.org. There is a reward of up to $8,000 for information that leads to an arrest.