Chay Reed, 28, was shot and killed in Miami, Fla. this past Friday, making her the ninth reported homicide victim of 2017 who was a transgender woman of color.
Mic reports that Reed was a beloved member of the community and many of her friends are grieving the tragic loss.
“She was a light, always trying to make everyone around her happy,” said Patina Peterson, a longtime friend of Reed. “I don’t even remember her getting into anything. I don’t remember seeing her in an altercation out there with anybody in a bad way. I’ve never seen that.”
Some of Reed’s friends are reportedly planning to hold a vigil for her at the sight of her murder.
“I just wish things would’ve gone differently,” said Jadan Miorke, who had known Reed since 2006. “Just seems like nowadays being transgender is dangerous as a whole.”
Both Peterson and Miorke claim that Reed loved to dance, which was among many other things she enjoyed that made her special.