Just a few days ago, Dee Whigham was revealed to be the 16th known transgender person murdered in 2016 after being found in a hotel room she was sharing with friends. Unfortunately, the death of a 17th trans* person has already come to pass.
Skye Mockabee, 26, was found unresponsive in a Cleveland parking lot early Saturday morning. After the owner of a store called the authorities, EMS found her body lying next to a tow truck bleeding from her mouth. She was pronounced dead around 8:30 a.m., according to Cleveland.com.
Cuyahoga County authorities incorrectly identified Mockabee as a male and medical examiner’s used her birth name. While not much information has been made available, police haven’t declared whether or not Mockabee’s gender identity played a role in her death.
Cuyahoga County has been the site of the deaths of four trans women in four years. Perhaps this is a sign that the community is long overdue for some education on transgender identification and safety.
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