Just hours after writing about the murder of Ashton O’Hara, reports are emerging on social media that Kandis Capri, a trans woman of color from Phoenix, Arizona, has also been killed. If true, she will be the sixteenth trans person killed in 2015.
While there have yet to be any official details via the Phoenix police or local news outlets, those close to Kandis Capri say that she was killed, most likely in the past few days.
Facebook user Beverly Spencer posted “RIP Kandis Capri you will be missed!” at 9:50am yesterday. While on August 12th, Shan Price wrote, “My whole day just got messed up. I can’t believe this my heart is broken…RIP Kandis Capri love you always.”
Others on Facebook were posting similar messages regarding the loss of Kandis Capri; friends appeared to be devastated by her death. Pictures appear to show Capri as someone who enjoyed spending time with others and going out.
Darkmatter, who describes themselves as a trans south asian creative collaboration, posted on Facebook asking for more details, writing: “URGENT: I am hearing from trans women of color community activists that a Black trans woman named Kandis Capri was murdered in Phoenix, Arizona. Does anyone have any information on #KandisCapri or know of any support needed?”
On Twitter, under the hashtag #kandiscapri, user Amanda Gelender posted “The murder of #KandisCapri is part of an ongoing epidemic of violence against transwomen of color” and noted that “#KandisCapri is now the 3rd black transperson murdered THIS WEEK #AshtonOHara & #AmberMonroe.”
These losses are beyond imagining, and we mourn for the lives of trans people murdered this year, as well as those who face violence, discrimination, and transphobia daily.
Update: A source, Elizabeth Marie Rivera, has told The Rainbow Hub that Kandis Capri was slain during her attempt to intervene in a domestic dispute. Her body has yet to be released to her family.
Gwen is a writer who has an education degree, a social work background, an extensive knowledge of vegetables, and a devotion to queer revolutionary politics. She lives deep in the woods of Maine with two dogs, a magnificent partner, and an ever-growing collection of plants.