Antash’a English, 38, was shot and killed early Friday morning in Jacksonville, Florida. She is at least the 12th known transgender person to be killed in the United States this year alone.
English was discovered between two abandoned homes, where a police report says she was urinating when someone drove by and shot her multiple times, hitting her in the stomach. She was alive when taken to the hospital, but died from her injuries.
She was able to tell police the man who shot her was wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and driving a grey four-door car. The suspect is still unknown, as is the motive for the shooting, which happened about a mile from her last known address.
A neighbor told CBS 47 they called police, but would not offer further comment for fear of retaliation.
“She was an unapologetic, bold, and loyal person,” Taliyah Smith told First Coast News. “We met years ago while at a gay pageant. We both were entertainers.”
English won a number of pageants and performed regularly at InCahoots, a nightclub in Jacksonville’s Riverside neighborhood, Smith said.
She had performed at the club for approximately ten years, and her friends are holding a benefit show there on June 7 in her honor, with proceeds going to her family. A vigil will also be held on the same day.
A local transgender woman murdered…. now her friends are stepping in to help. Details: pic.twitter.com/PTTTiYAqYX
— Cole Heath (@ColeANjax) June 4, 2018
Earlier this year, another transgender woman, Celine Walker, was shot and killed in Jacksonville as well. She was discovered in a hotel room, and so far no arrests have been made in connection with her death.