LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — UPDATE 2 — Dec. 22, 2014: Murderer of trans woman Ashley Sinclair gets 30 years. From the Orlando Sentinel:
[Kentz Vernes] Louis, convicted of manslaughter with a firearm in [Ashley] Sinclair’s death at trial, was sentenced to 30 years in prison Thursday. Ruled a prison-releasee reoffender, he will serve every day of that sentence, minus time already served in county jail. Prosecutors said Louis fatally shot Sinclair, whose body was found early April 4, 2013, in a wooded area off Nimrod Lane [in Orange county, Florida].
UPDATE 1 – Dec. 11, 2013: Suspect arrested. From the Orlando Sentinel:
“After about eight months of investigating, an arrest has been made in the slaying of a 30-year-old transgender woman who was shot to death in woods off Nimrod Lane in Orange County in April.
Deputies arrested 22-year-old Kentz Louis on first-degree murder charges in the death of Ashley Sinclair. Deputies were called to the scene after witnesses heard gun shots in the area.”
Original article: Orange County (Florida) Sheriff spokesperson Jeff Williamson says deputies found the body of trans woman Ashley Sinclair following reports of gunshots. One witness said shots were fired from a car directly at the victim. Police are still trying to identify the shooter and have asked that anyone with information to call CrimeLine at 1-800-423-8477.
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Categories: Deaths, Murder, Transgender, Transsexual, Trans
Another sister lost to bigotry and hatred!! We must stand up to this bigotry and fight for our rights and acceptance!!
“all people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential.”
This is absolutely appalling and way too close to home. I classify myself more a CD, and don’t plan on transitioning fully, but I do indeed identify with TG and also live in the FL area, not too terribly far from Orlando. Very scary stuff.
I do not know Ashley personally. I truly hope her killer is found soon. Too many of these crimes pertaining to the G.B.L.T. community goes under the rug and unsolved! Who cares what she does or is? She is still human! I am Wiccan; I ascribed and anointed a white candle with her name and three other words, Peace, Justice, and Hope. My hope is that hope finds a way. I also burned incense periodically ringing a bell, while praying for the peace of her family and closest friends, that justice will prevail in her untimely death, and that hope will be found.