A black transgender woman was shot and killed this weekend in North Charleston, South Carolina.
— Monica Roberts (@TransGriot) July 20, 2019
The woman has been identified as Denali Berries Stuckey, TransGriot reports.
Police officers responded to a call early Saturday morning and found Stuckey dead at the scene with a gunshot wound, her body lying by the side of the road on Carner Avenue.
29 year old Denali Berries Stuckey was found shot to death early this morning; making her the 12th Black trans woman (that we know of) murdered this year. We don’t deserve death. We deserve, jobs, housing, healthcare, and social support. More importantly—we deserve love. #RIP pic.twitter.com/7AO5HuWtmb
— Ashlee Marie Preston (@AshleeMPreston) July 21, 2019
Stuckey, 29, has been misgendered and deadnamed by local media outlets. Authorities say Stuckey was found “dressed as a female,” ABC 4 reports.
Asked if they were investigating the incident as a possible hate crime, a North Charleston Police Department representative said it was being investigated as a homicide. No arrests have been made.
.@HRC mourns the loss of Denali Berries Stuckey, a victim of deadly gun violence in North Charleston, South Carolina.
— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) July 21, 2019
“She is one of at least 12 transgender women to have died by violent means this year alone,” HRC tweeted about Stuckey. “This violence must cease.”
Anyone with information about the fatal shooting is encouraged to call NCPD Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111.