By Michelle Richardson, Special to the AFRO
On Labor Day, Rockville teen Bailey Reeves, 17, was killed in Northeast Baltimore. Reeves is the 17th trans person to be killed in 2019.
At 8:05p.m. police were called for reports of shots fired in the 4300 block of Parkwood Avenue. When units arrived, they found an adult female suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the torso.
Reeves was transported to an area hospital where she was pronounced deceased.
According to Reeves brother, Thomas Reeves who attends Morgan State, he and his sister were at a cookout with friends when she had been shot. Thomas left the party an hour earlier according to The Baltimore Sun.
“She was a person who lived her life to the fullest,” Thomas Reeves told the Sun.
Police have no motive or suspects in the shooting.
Like Bailey Reeves, the majority of trans people killed are Black women, and in 2018, at least 26 transgender people were killed in the U.S.
Besides Reeves, two of the other killings this year have been in Maryland. Zoe Spears, 23, was killed on June 13 in Fairmount Heights. Ashanti Carmon, 27, died after being shot on March 30 in Prince George’s County.
An arrest has been made in Spears murder but there has been no arrest in the Carmon murder.
News of Reeve’s killing spread quickly, even to those who didn’t personally know her.
Trans actress Dominique Jackson, who plays Elektra on the FX series “Pose,” posted “RIP Bailey Reeves only 17” to her 261,000 followers on Instagram.
Fellow “Pose” star Indya Moore carried a framed photograph of Reeves — along with images of every Black trans woman killed this year at the Fashion Media Awards.
During an acceptance speech, the actress who plays Angel on the series said, “I’m grieving with her family. She would make the 17th, and the youngest-known Black trans female murdered this year by gun violence. Just like me, these women dared to exhaust their freedom to exist by being visible.”
“Not many people in our community get this kind of respect,” said Anneke Corbitt, a friend of Reeves, who was at the vigil.
Police are asking anyone with any information to contact police at 410-396-2477 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866–7Lockup.