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Transgender woman found dead in Cleveland

June 27th, 2018 - Comments Off

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A transgender woman was found dead early Sunday at an apartment complex parking lot on Detroit Avenue.

Keisha Wells, 58, was identified by a family member and LGBTQ advocates as the woman killed on Detroit Avenue near West 87th Street.

A family member identified her to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office Monday night.

Wells was found dead about 7 a.m. in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Detroit Avenue. Police said she suffered what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

Police reports state eleven bullet casings were found at the scene. Officers also collected a leopard print shoe, a sweatshirt and a wig at the scene.

She had no identification with her at the time, which caused investigators issues in identifying her, police said. No arrests have been made in the case.

Wells is the seventh person to be killed in Cleveland in the last six days and the second transgender woman to be killed in Cleveland this year.

Police said Phylicia Mitchell, 45, was fatally shot Feb. 24 outside her apartment in the city’s Edgewater neighborhood by a man collecting a drug debt.

Gary Sanders, 36, is charged with aggravated murder in connection with Mitchell’s death. Four other transgender persons have been killed in Cleveland since 2012.

“This is a major issue for the trans community in terms of the amount of violence we experience and particularly black trans women,” Harris said. “There are deeper issues with employment, mental health, housing and addiction.”

Wells’ aunt, Regina Spicer, said Wells loved to make everyone around her laugh. She said Wells also spoiled the dozen or so nieces and nephews.

Spicer said Wells worked odd jobs for years after graduating from East Tech High School. She said Wells was a good person who never harmed anyone.

Mfrances is a news writer for NinjaCOPS.com where you can get high quality wholesale stun guns, self-defense weapons, and rechargeable stun gun flashlights.

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