August 3, 2016 at 3:18 pm EST | by Staff reports
Trans woman found dead in Cleveland

Skye Mockabee, gay news, Washington Blade

Skye Mockabee (Photo courtesy of Twitter)

CLEVELAND — A transgender woman of color was found dead in a Cleveland parking lot on July 30.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported the owner of the parking lot on the city’s West Side found Skye Mockabee lying face down next to a tow truck. Paramedics and firefighters who responded to the scene pronounced her dead a short time later.

Mockabee is the fourth trans woman killed in Cuyahoga County — in which Cleveland is located — since 2013.

“Our hearts, minds and condolences are with Skye’s family, friends, and community in this time of tragedy,” said Aaron Eckhardt of the Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization (BRAVO) in a press release the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs issued on Aug. 2. “All of us at BRAVO are saddened and outraged as our communities continue to be repeatedly targeted and we remain steadfast in providing services to the LGBTQI communities of Ohio.”

Mockabee is the 16th trans person to have been reported killed in the U.S. in 2016.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson on July 22 signed a bill that expands his city’s nondiscrimination law to block businesses from banning their employees and customers from using restrooms consistent with their gender identity. The signing ceremony took place at Cleveland City Hall eight days before Mockabee’s body was found.

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