July 10, 2019 at 7:15 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Memorial for slain trans woman Zoe Spears set for July 12
Zoe Spears, gay news, Washington Blade
Zoe Spears was shot to death on June 13.

A Celebration of Life service for 23-year-old D.C. transgender woman Zoe Spears, who was shot to death on June 13 in Fairmount Heights, Md., just across the D.C. line, has been scheduled for Friday, July 12, at the Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, according to an announcement released on Monday.

“The transgender community condemns the murder of Zoe Spears,” says the announcement, which was issued by D.C. transgender advocate Earline Budd, who is organizing the service.

“Zoe deserved so much more in life rather than being gunned down like an animal,” the announcement says. “But a part of our closure is to bring the transgender community, family members, and officials together to say ‘farewell see you later’ through having a ‘Celebration of Life’ for this brave young woman taken too soon,” it says.

The announcement says the service will begin with a viewing at 10 a.m. at the MCC Church at 474 Ridge St., N.W. to be followed by the service at 11 a.m., which will be led by Bishop Allyson Abrams, pastor of Empowerment Liberation Cathedral.

Budd is calling on the D.C.-area LGBT community to make a contribution to help pay the costs for a burial for Spears in a D.C.-area cemetery. She said the Capital Mortuary funeral services company has agreed to temporarily store Spears’ remains while the fundraising effort for a burial site continues through a GoFundMe campaign.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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