Kiki Fantroy was shot to death in the early hours of July 31, becoming the 13th Black trans woman reported killed this year. The actual number is likely higher, as undoubtedly some victims were misgendered by police or media, or their deaths not reported at all.
Miami police believe Fantroy was murdered during an argument and not targeted for her transgender identity; her mother disagrees.
“This feeling is indescribable. The pain. The void. You know that feeling after losing a child and you losing a child for no apparent reason. Because she’s gay,” Fantroy’s mother, Rhonda Comer, told the Miami Herald. “And my understanding, you know, my understanding was she was killed because of her desire to be a woman.”
Police confirm Fantroy was shot multiple times in front of an abandoned home. A group of people was nearby when it happened. Comer said her daughter, who lived with her, was coming home from a party when she was murdered.
Fantroy began transitioning before her teens and endured a lot of bullying, according to Comer. The young woman loved photography, music, and hoped to one day compete on RuPaul’s Drag Race.