THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — [UPDATE- Rally planned for Paige Clay who was shot to death in Chicago. See below.]
Chicago police stated that a trans woman was discovered shot to death Monday in the city’s West Side.
UPDATE April 18, 2012 – From the Windy City Times: Paige Clay, 23, was found in an alley was found in an alley on the 4500 block of West Jackson on Monday at 3:52 a.m. Police did not identify Clay. Rather, several community members confirmed her identity to Windy City Times. According to reports, Clay received services at local LGBT agencies and was known in Chicago’s ball scene. According to police, Clay suffered a gunshot wound to the head. No one is custody. Area North Detectives are investigating.”
UPDATE-2 April 23, 2012: From The Examiner: Chicago native and local ballroom community star Paige Clay was found murdered on Monday, April 16th. Ms. Clay’s body was found in West Garfield Park of Chicago. She died of a single gunshot wound to the head. No arrests have been made at this time. This case is currently being investigated by Area North Detectives. Paige Clay was noted as a quickly rising star in the local ballroom community scene and had won many competitions in her lifetime. Though young, Ms. Clay was noted to have great creativity and ingenuity in her work.
The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs has announced their assistance to the Center on Halstead in helping the community during this difficult time. “Though we do not have all the details, this news is extremely disturbing, especially as severe violence against transgender women is all too common. Transgender women face some of the highest rates of violence and abuse in our nation. This is the third reported murder of a transgender woman in the U.S. in April alone. We must work together to create more safety in our world for all people, especially those most targeted,” stated Modesto Tico Valle, Center on Halsted CEO.
Chicago citizens interested in supporting Paige Clay’s case can get involved at the Justice For Paige event page. A Justice For Paige rally will be held on May 1st in Chicago.
While Johnston has since filed a discrimination complaint against the university, however, he faces trial on three misdemeanors counts resulting from on-campus incidents related to the bathroom ban.
Johnston reportedly said that he and his partner, Katherine Anne McCloskey, a trans woman, were being investigated in the bomb threats case because of his earlier expulsion, but both he and his partner claim to have no involvement or knowledge of the bomb threats.
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