Celine Walker Is The 4th Trans Woman Murdered In The U.S. Since January

Friends believe the investigation into Walker's death was delayed by police misgendering and deadnaming her.

A trans woman was murdered in Florida earlier this month, making her the fourth known transgender person killed in the U.S. this year.

On February 4, Celine Walker was found shot to death in an Jacksonville hotel room around 8pm. Walker, 36, was the second trans woman murdered that week, after the slaying of Tonya Harvey in Buffalo.

The Jacksonville Police Department initially misgendered and deadnamed Walker, delaying the investigation by a week.

Transgender advocate Monica Roberts alleges the department “[has] a policy that it does not refer to victims as transgender.”

On Facebook, Walker’s friend Naomi Michaels expressed her outrage over authorities’ lack of sensitivity. “You’d think that this city could have some type of policy for dealing with the death and murder of trans people. They don’t.”

She described Walker as someone who “lived a low key life [and] did whatever needed to be done in order for her to survive.”

In 2017, at least 27 transgender women were murdered in the U.S., the vast majority of whom, like Walker, were trans women of color.

Zachary Zane is a writer and activist whose work focuses on sexuality, culture, and academic research. He has contributed to The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, and The Advocate.