Keke Collier, Black, Transgender Woman, Killed In Chicago
Keke Collier, a 24-year-old black, transgender woman, was shot and killed in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, according to Mic. After being misgendered by local media, Collier’s identity was later confirmed by friends, such as Shasha Lauren.
Lauren, who works a peer navigator at Chicago House, told Mic that Keke got into a car with a man who later shot her. She later died of her wounds.
Collier, who also went by the name of Tiara Richmond, marks the fourth reported murder of a transgender woman in 2017.
A vigil was held in Keke’s honor at the site of her murder where friends and loved ones gathered to remember her, as well as other victims in recent years, and advocate for the safety of the trans community.