Another two murders of transgender people occurred in December capping off what is now the deadliest year on record for the trans community with at least 51 people killed, according to the Human Rights Campaign. 

Friends and family are mourning the deaths of two Black trans women killed in December: Nikai David and Ke’Yahonna Stone.

David was a 33-year-old model and social media influencer who dreamed of opening her own clothing boutique. Her friend, Ashlee Banks, was devastated when she heard about her murder in California Dec. 4, according to KTVU.

"Nikai was really sweet. She was a happy, fun person," Banks said.

Police have yet to arrest anyone.

"In general, people are ready to attack transgender people, just because they're transgender," Joe Hawkins, co-founder and CEO of Oakland LGBTQ Community Center, told KTVU.

David only just celebrated her birthday a week before she was killed.

Stone, 32, was going to continue her activism for the trans community through a new job she got at Trans Solutions and Research & Resource Center in Indiana.

According to WISHTV, Stone was shot after trying to break up a fight in a nightclub. Friends said the circumstances leading up to the shooting aren’t clear, only that Stone tried to intervene.

Stone’s role in the trans community included providing safe spaces inside her home, according to friends. Marissa Miller is the founder of the center that had hired Stone, and Miller said the plan was to take her idea of creating a safe space for the entire LGBT community.

“The [LGBT] community is hurting,” Miller told WISHTV. “Ke’Yahonna was loved by the community…”


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