UPDATE (09/05/2019): After news broke that a trans teen had been killed in Baltimore on Labor Day, police confirmed that the victim's name was Bailey Reeves. A vigil is being planned in memory of her life on Friday in Baltimore.
ORIGINAL (09/04/2019): A trans teen was shot and killed in Baltimore over Labor Day weekend. While the police have not released the name of the victim, some on social media have called her Bailey.
According to WMAR 2 News, the teen’s body was found by a 16-year-old who said they heard three gunshots and a girl screaming “My friend! Someone help my friend! Call 911!” The 16-year-old then went outside and found the victim in a pool of blood in the middle of Parkwood Avenue. After police were called, the victim was transported to a hospital where she died.
Police have not released any details about the victim. Homicide detectives are asking anyone with information to contact them at 410-396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7lockup.
An Instagram account identified the victim as 17-year-old Bailey, offering no last name. The post also says that the victim was shot in the torso. Police told the local CBS station that it was the fifth shooting of the night in Baltimore, and it was one of two killings in the city that day. It also comes as the latest in a string of death at the hands of gun violence against trans women in America.
This Baltimore death means that at least 17 trans people have been killed this year. Of that number, the vast majority are Black trans women. Of those, at least 11 of those have died as a result of gun violence. In honor of the life of Tracy Single, the 16th trans person to be murdered this year, the city of Houston lit City Hall and a few bridges with the colors of the trans flag in August.