September 9, 2019 at 6:57 pm EST | by Michael K. Lavers
Dozens attend vigil for murdered transgender teen in Baltimore
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Dozens of people on Sept. 6, 2019, attended a Baltimore vigil for Bailey Reeves, a transgender teenager who was murdered on Labor Day. (Photo public domain)

Dozens of people gathered in Baltimore on Sept. 6 to remember a transgender teenager who was killed on Labor Day.

Iya Dammons, director of Baltimore Safe Haven, organized a vigil for Bailey Reeves that took place at the Ynot Lot at the corner of North Avenue and Charles Street.

Officers found Reeves, 17, with multiple gunshots to her torso on the 4300 block of Parkwood Avenue at around 8:05 p.m. on Sept. 2. Reeves later died at a local hospital.

A Baltimore Police Department spokesperson on Monday confirmed to the Washington Blade that Reeves lived in Rockville. Reeves’ brother, Thomas Reeves, who attends Morgan State University, told the Baltimore Sun his sister was at a cookout with friends when she was shot.

“She was a person who lived her life to the fullest,” Thomas Reeves told the Sun.

The National Black Justice Coalition on Sept. 6 noted Bailey Reeves is the 18th trans person of color reported killed in the U.S. this year.

A Baltimore man has been charged with first-degree murder in the June 13 shooting of Zoe Spears near Eastern Avenue in Fairmount Heights. Ashanti Carmon, a 27-year-old trans woman, was killed in the same area near the D.C. border on March 30.

The Blade in recent days has reached out to sources in Baltimore, Montgomery County and D.C. who may have known Bailey Reeves. The Blade will update this article with any additional information about her.

Police have not publicly identified a potential suspect or motive.

Anyone with information is asked to contact homicide detectives at 410-396-2100 or call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7lockup.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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