A transgender woman was found dead from gunshot wounds inside her car on a rural road in a small South Carolina town in Chesterfield County, near the border of North Carolina, on Easter morning, Sunday, April 1.
Sasha Wall, 29, was discovered slumped over the wheel, and police say her car was parked on the road, left running for nearly two hours, as unknowing motorists drove past. Wall is the eighth known transgender person killed this year in America alone. As often happens, Wall has been misgendered and deadnamed by both the police and in numerous media reports.
Her body was discovered around 8:30 a.m. Police noted that she had been shot multiple times in the neck and shoulder.
“Whoever it was, was angry,” Sheriff Jay Brooks told the FOX 46. “You could tell by the number of shots.”
Brooks added he believed Wall “knew who this was and it was between the two of them.”
He told WSOC-TV that whoever killed her was “either sitting in the passenger seat or standing outside the car with the car door open.”
One small caliber bullet was recovered from the driver’s door.
Her family also believes the situation to have been domestic in nature. Officials have said they are unsure if Wall’s gender identity was a motivation for the crime.
James Robert Lee, an ex-boyfriend, said he had spoken with her the day before her death and that nothing seemed out of the ordinary.
“It was just a normal conversation, she didn’t say anything was wrong,” he told WSOC-TV. “She didn’t give off any vibe that anything was wrong.”
Investigators said Wall lived in a mobile home outside Pageland, where she was last seen around 3 a.m. the morning she died. They are looking to speak with anyone who was with her on that morning, before her passing.
Anyone with information regarding Wall’s death is asked to call investigators at 843-623-2101.
Her Facebook account lists Charlotte and Atlanta as other cities in which she has lived, and her occupation as an employee on the line at multinational food company Pilgrim’s Pride.
She is being remembered on social media as a warm and friendly person, with calls for justice.
Since the start of the year, there have also been at least five other transgender women murdered in the United States, and most of them, like Wall, were trans women of color.