Merci Mack, a 22-year-old Black transgender woman, is the fourth to have been murdered this Pride month.
Mack, who was found shot to death on Tuesday in Dallas, follows Brayla Stone, Dominique Fells, and Riah Milton who were also brutally killed in recent weeks; and the 19th transgender person murdered this year – that we know of.
Mack was found unconscious in a car park by a passer-by, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the head.
“Another Black transgender woman has had her life stolen from her,” Tori Cooper, HRC director of community engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative, said in a statement.
“We cannot become numb to the fact that our community has learned of more killings of transgender and gender non-conforming people in the past few weeks than HRC has ever tracked in the past seven years. Her friends say that Merci Mack was a young, upbeat soul who deserved to experience a full life. HRC is mourning with Merci’s loved ones and are calling for a full, thorough investigation into her death.”
David J. Johns, executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition, released the following statement: “What do you do when you don’t have the capacity to wrap your head around the pain and trauma a community of people continues to experience and you know that your feelings aren’t half of what’s required to show up as a member of that community? You continue the work and insist that others, who purport to believe that #BlackLivesMatter, also get engaged.”
Adding, “Merci Mack deserves better, as a community we failed her and so many of our trans siblings, and this is beyond unacceptable.”
This murder is just the latest is an ongoing crisis in the trans community. Brayla Stone was just 17-years-old when she was found dead last week. (A man claiming to be her killer bragged on social media he had been paid to do it.
Riah Milton was shot and killed during a robbery attempt in Ohio. While Dominique Rem’mie Fells was dismembered and found alongside the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia.
There are no reported eyewitnesses to Mack’s murder, and police are asking for help from the public, anyone with information should contact Det. Brian Tabor at (214) 671-3605 or [email protected]