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Uploaded on Nov 24, 2008
From the 2008 Houston, Texas Transgender Day of Remembrance. Attendance was 150 people. Remember Me: My name was Duanna. While I moved from to Memphis to live as myself, I was forced into sex work by extreme poverty. One day, I was arrested and taken to the police station where one policeman held me down and the other began beating me while calling me a "he/she" and a âfaggotâ. Fortunately, the police station's video tape system caught it all on tape and someone leaked it to the press. Suddenly, a lot of people wanted to use me to make a point about how bad transgenders have it and I told them how bad it was. After the news died down, I went back to living in my apartment, which had no electricity or running water. My only friend was an elderly woman, but her husband told her to stop talking to me after he found out I was transgender. One night, I was standing on the corner and a couple of men ran up to me and shot me, leaving me to die in the street. I had been hoping to win my 1.3 million dollar lawsuit I had against the City of Memphis for the beatings I got by their police, but I won't be able to pursue that now. The police have no leads and nobody has been held responsible for my murder.
Location: Memphis, Tennessee Date of death: November 9, 2008 Cause of death: Shot to death