Several dozen community members gathered on Aug. 17 at the Spiritual Empowerment Center in Baltimore’s Charles Village to say “until we meet again” to Mia Henderson and to celebrate her life. Henderson, a 26-year-old transgender woman, was murdered on July 16. Also honored at the service was 40-year-old Kandy Hall, another transgender woman who was killed a few weeks earlier on June 3. Hall was a hairdresser from Annapolis.
The service was officiated by Rev. M Olu Moise. Several of Henderson’s family members were in attendance, including her grandfather as well as her aunt who spoke fondly about her niece. Friends and community members offered remembrances, poems and prayers. Inspirational music was provided by local Baltimore musicians Amirror and Blaire Leon.
The service was organized by Monica Stevens, a transgender community member, who was inspired to do something to bring people together to honor Henderson, even though she had only met her twice. Several attendees had never met Henderson but wanted to offer the support and solidarity of their faith communities or community organizations.
A reception followed where friends, family and allies shared stories and hugs.
Baltimore police are still investigating both murders, as well as the possibility of them being connected. Last year another transgender woman, Kelly Young, 29, was found dead in East Baltimore and her killer is still at large.
Bill Redmond-Palmer contributed to this report.