April 2, 2019, Washington, DC—The Transgender community condemns the murder of Ashanti Carmon, a 27-year-old transgender woman who was brutally shot multiple times to death in the 5000 Block of Jost Street in the town of Fairmount Heights, Maryland on the morning of Saturday March 30th.
The Transgender community and other local LGBTQ organizations join the Carmon family and friends in mourning this senseless loss. Her murder reminds us all of how often the transgender community is targeted for violence in our society. Sadly, violence against transgender people has become far too common in many cities. While this murder was just across the Eastern Avenue line and happen in Maryland, Ashanti is well known and loved in the DC area by many. In looking back on murders it brings us to the shooting death on Eastern Avenue N.E. of Lashai McClean age 23 who was killed in July of 2011. While this murder may or may not be characterized as a hate crime by police at this time, it is important that each of us works to eradicate transphobia on a personal and societal level.
There will be a Press Conference prior to the vigil, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The vigil will take place on April 02, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the 5000 block of Jost Street near the site of the attack. The LGBTQ community encourages everyone to participate and show solidarity against hatred and violence. Also, Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced once released.
—From a press release