Skye Mockabee Is At Least the Third Black Trans Woman Murdered In July, 17th Trans Person This Year

Not even a week after I reported that Dee Whigham became at least the 16th trans person murdered in the United States this year alone, I’m devastated to have to report the murder of another much-too-young Black trans woman, Skye Mockabee of Cleveland, Ohio. Mockabee was found dead early Saturday morning in a parking lot. (As a warning, that article does misgender trans women and use their birth names). Police said it looked like head trauma was the cause of death. Very few details about her life or murder have come out, but the fact remains, this is a tremendous loss for her family and friends and for the trans community.


Mockabee’s Facebook says that she studied at South University and worked at Chipotle. She has many pictures of her smiling and looking beautiful. According to, Mockabee is the fourth transgender woman murdered in the county in the last four years. The others were Brittany Stergis, 22, Betty Skinner, 52, and Ce Ce Dove, who was just 20 at the time of her death. Of course, Mockabee was initially identified as a man by police and the Medical Examiner’s Office, reminding trans people everywhere that no matter what we do, there are still people in power who won’t recognize us for who we are and will insist on misgendering us even in death.

Looking at this list will show you that the vast majority of these victims have been trans women of color, and most of them have been Black. This is what happens every year: mostly Black trans women of color are murdered and despite the progress in awareness, protections from laws and visibility, this cycle of violence just continues. As long as women, Black Americans, those who live in poverty, sex workers and trans women are devalued to the point of inhumanity in America, trans women who live at all of these intersections, or even just one or two, will be murdered. Again, these are just the trans people who we know have been murdered this year. Because of the intersections they live at, it’s likely that many have not been reported.

Monica Loera, 43 years old

Jasmine Sierra, 52

Kayden Clarke, 24

Veronica Banks Cano, 40

Maya Young, 25

Demarkis Stansberry, 30

Kedarie/Kandicee Johnson, 16

Kourtney Yochum, 32

Shante Thompson, 34

Keyonna Blakeney, 22

Reecey Walker, 32

Mercedes Successful, 32

Amos Beede, 38

Goddess Diamond, 20

Dee Dee Dodds, 22

Dee Whigham, 25

Skye Mockabee, 26

We’re inching closer and closer to breaking the record of reported murders of trans people that was set last year. Every time it seems like we’re finally falling behind last year’s pace, another trans person is murdered and we’re right back in this awful situation again. Rest in peace and rest in power, Skye.

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  1. Wish I had something meaningful to say, but honestly I just feel so exhausted… It feels like we’re stuck in a never-ending nightmare-merry-go-round and it’s just the same thing over and over and over and over and over again and I just don’t have any words left anymore… I just have to believe that some day this will get better… it HAS to, right? Rest in peace…

  2. How can the LGBTQ community implement a plan for safety? I am not of this community, however,I try to understand what those within the community feel. May I offer a simple scientific fact? (Not judgement,critism, or sarcasm) Many of you may feel conflicted in what biology established and how you actually “feel” inside, I wished I could tell you to be sure that who you love,loves you unconditionally.You will know when it is love because who you Love will always want to be with you…day or night,a quiet evening at home,or a night out at the club, around your friends and theirs with no secrecy…You are not a dirty little secret. You deserve love and protection as everyone else. I guess I am saying,do not make the mistake of dating someone that lives in fear of exposure…this is a detriment to you should you want or demand more from the “relationship”. I want you to think about your safety first. I am always disheartened every time I hear of a sister/ brother in the community killed, usually by brutality and hate.It makes me afraid of how psychotic society is.No one wanting to take responsibility for our behavior or those within our circle. We justify it by pointing the finger at “them” (freaks,fags,dykes,Blacks,Whites,Illegals,Asians,Immigrants…Us!! I need you to know that there is enough love in this world for you too.Also understand how YOU are especially marginalized, separated from a movement that denies you recognition and equality. Please be safe and LIVE!!! Love and peace be with you.

    • Look, no offense, but fuck you. You just came out and said you aren’t LGBT and then used several slurs, started talking about “biology”, and trying to tell us about us… ? Don’t you fucking dare tell us who to date or why.

      How about you go “educate” cishet people? Speak out against this sort of shit? How about you call people on their prejudice and not explain to US how WE work?

      WE do understand how WE are marginalized and we don’t need YOU to explain it for US! You want us to be safe? You want us to live?! Then do your fucking job as a responsible person in this society and VOTE, call out cishet people around you on their privilege and bullshit, call and meet with your local representatives… but don’t you DARE lecture US on who we are, how to live, or that we SHOULD live.


      • You should calm the fuck down.
        What she offered was good advise. Dating some dbag who insists on keeping your relationship on the DL is playing Russian roulette. Too often transgirls tired of feeling lonely and rejected start to devalue themselves and become willing to date sexual predators and abusers because those type of people seek out women with low self esteem.
        And if you aren’t a POC yourself than double fuck off as its us who are making up the overwhelming amount of violence statistics (80% of LGBT murder victims are POC) that the white LGBTQ community love to quote to show how marginalized they are.

        • Seriously? You’re gonna tell someone else not to tell you how to feel about this issue as a POC, and turn around and tell us, transwomen, how and who we should take advice from?

          And some word vomit from somebody, who’s not even part of the community, is neither comforting nor helpful. It just comes off as a way to wash the guilt off their hands, and to feel better about themself, but not to actually help the community.

        • Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! NO. Some cishet asshole doesn’t get to come here, use SLURS, dictate how we live and who we are just because there’s other assholes out there that are violent! You don’t just get to defend that, Lily. You don’t get to tell me to calm the fuck down or say the cishetsplainer using hate speech has “good advice”.

          If “Earnestine” wants to help people they can follow MY advice. The sooner people stop excusing people like them, the fucking better. I don’t need cishetsplaining, mansplaining, or any other ‘splaining unless it’s Ricky fuckin’ Ricardo on an old re-run!

  3. There is no excuse for this kind of dehumanizing behavior to even be taking place. This tragedy is the work of the conservative Christians and their intolerant sermonizing condemning transgender people. The conservative spiritual leaders instilled fear of transgender peoplein the minds of their followers and this is the result.

    • Transphobia in society cannot be distilled into something so neatly laid in blame at the feet of conservative Christians. This tragedy is the result of bigotry from all levels of society, even from within the LGB community itself. Everyone cannot wash their hands of it, absolving their responsibilities, and proclaim the problem is religious intolerance. That is just as insulting to the dead.

      • Take a good look back in time at the history of the spread and rise of the power of the church and its eventual mutation into the many sects of Christianity. Take into account the spread of misinformation and redefinition of ideas and teachings for the sake of the consolidation of power in the hands of the clergy. Churches have burned teachers, herbalists and midwives as witches so that they could seize control of the healing arts and prevent the spread of education. (much like republicans and their desire to defund public education today)

        Once in history Christian religions accepted same sex relationships and performed marriages for those wishing to do so. With the rise of the need to provide heirs for expanding national governments, church leaders began to claim that same sex relationships were “an abomination”. They even went so far as to reinterpret scripture so as to support the idea that the only relationships that were acceptable were those in which children would be born. After all, they needed to know that there would be a descendant in line to hand the power and lands to in the event of a death in the family.

        What? Are you only looking at today and the actions of contemporary churches? No no. What we are dealing with is an infestation of ecclesiastical weeds that have been spread throughout the whole of the Christian faith from the very earliest of times.

        Now, with the rise of modern medical research findings, we now know that gay and transgender people are born as they are. As such, there is no means by which either gay or transgender people can possibly change who they are attracted to any more than any other cisgender heterosexual person can be come gay or transgender.

        W are being murdered for the way we were born, because the church leaders have taught people to be hate filled and intolerant toward anyone who fails to play along with the inheritance power plays of the past.

        • And you’re obsessing over Christian bigotry and letting everyone else off the hook because… ? It fits your narrative? You can’t just pick and choose which groups and their hate are the problem when it’s a much wider issue than that.

          • The driving force of the bigotry in this nation at this time stems from the actions of the various Christian churches and their leaders. I am only pointing out that the problems faced by the transgender community today had its foundations in the bigoted teachings of the past. All the cisgender heterosexual community needs to do, is to realize that they were taken to the cleaners for their money by a bunch of greedy men in robes and stop following the lies they were told for the sake of money.

          • And you’re all right with transphobia from the irreligious, other religions, and LGB community at large? You’re satisfied with only taking Christian conservatives to task? What’s the point?

          • Every one of the government officials who are creating these bigoted laws consider themselves to be both evangelicals/conservatives and Christians. I consider any conservatives and evangelicals to be Christians in claim only. I have yet to see anyone not a conservative or an evangelical actively deny transgender people their civil rights in this country. None of them are real Christians. If they were, then they would not be using intentional misinformation as a tool to gain social superiority.

          • “I have yet to see anyone not a conservative or an evangelical actively deny transgender people their civil rights in this country”

            Really? Then you must live under a rock. You’ve never heard of a TERF? Because they work hand in hand with the evangelicals. You need to address the whole problem, not just the religious hate groups.

          • Yeah, I know what a TERF is. As far as I am concerned they’re social terrorists. And those jerks have mostly been referring to themselves as conservative/evangelicals and wannabe Christians as well.

          • Oh, now I’m the enemy? You’ve definitely got a problem and it’s not just religious bigots. :P

          • If you’re a TERFist, you are a social terrorist bigot of the first order. All the TERFists are good for is running around rewriting police records for your own use, spewing lies and hate for the sake of your exclusionist agenda. You think nothing of the consequences of the lies you’ve told. The tangible results of your campaign of misinformation is written in the blood of our community.

            Dee Whigham 25 Biloxi Miss
            Deeniquia Dodds 22 Washington D.C.
            Goddess Diamond 20 New Orleans LA
            Amos Beede 38 Burlington Vt
            Mercedes Successful 32 Haines City FL
            Tyreece Walker “Reecey” 32 Wichita KS
            Keyonna Blakeney 22 Rockville MD
            Shante Isaac 34 Houston TX
            Quartney Davia Dawsonn-Yochum 32 Los Angeles CA
            Kedarie/Kandicee Johnson 16 Burlington IA
            Demarkis Stansberry 30 Baton Rouge LA
            Maya Young 24 Philadelphia PA
            Veronica Banks Cano Philadelphia PA
            Kayden Clarke 24 Mesa AZ
            Jasmine Sierra Bakersfield CA
            Monica Loera Austin TX
            Skye Mockabee of Cleveland, Ohio

            These are the names of the people whose lives you and the rest of your TERFists have helped to end. I hope you’re proud of yourself.

          • You’re not the one who’s life is on the line here. Enjoy your cisgender privilege while you hide from the truth.

  4. Thank you for writing Mey. It feels so important, over and over again, to read through the list of their names.

  5. This is tragic. I hate that useless celebrity drama has taken over our media but murders of LGBTQ people isn’t talked about much. The way it is now , the US overall isn’t a safe country tbh. The amount of violence this year is disturbing

  6. The dehumanizing of transgender people by conservatives, evangelicals and wannabe spiritual leaders has got to stop. I fail to see how morality has anything at all to do with the condition of ones birth. Transgender people are born transgender. There has never been any choice as to whether or not a transgender person is really who they claim they are. Even Jesus recognized the lack of choice to be a given fact in his remarks in the book of Matthew to his disciples during a discussion on the topic of marriage.

    In Jesus’ time the term transgender did not yet exist. The much less accurate term eunuch was the most frequently used term when referring to a transgender person. From my perspective, it would seem that denying the life condition of anyone that has been recognized as having been ‘born that way’ by such an important figure as the Messiah himself would run dangerously close to denying a biblical truth.

    Matthew 19:12 (NIV)

    12 For there are eunuchs who were born that way, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others–and there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it.”

    Like it or not, everybody starts out the same.

    Everyone comes from a common genetic and developmental framework that is tweaked by sex hormones,” says Richard Bribiescas, Ph.D., director of the Yale Reproductive Ecology Laboratory. We all start as a generic embryo. You have a set of male or female sex chromosomes, but the distinction doesn’t kick in until your hormones enter the picture, he explains. Without hormones like testosterone, you would stay on the path to womanhood. And, sorry to say, your body already started developing by the time this decision was made—which means your lady parts were already starting to form.

    Men’s Health Magazine online Thursday, September 18, 2014
entitled “3 Signs You Started as a Girl!”

    There is no excuse for the way the cisgender community is now and has been treating transgender people.

  7. Hi, Do we know more about this case? Was she killed because she was trans? I ask because the article was very vague. If a white guy robs someone and the person he robbed kills him, he was not killed bc he was a white male but because of the robbery. Not saying this is the case here just would like to have some clarification if this is a trans person who was murdered or a person murdered because they are trans.

    • If you look at the data, it’s quite clear that the vast majority of Trans women of color are killed within their own communities–they are not being killed by evangelists (unless those evangelists are on the DL), or by white, middle-class conservative men. You will also find that the vast majority of these women are sex workers who are killed by johns or pimps. You will also find that the vast majority of these women are killed by their boyfriends or significant others–or by family members (most often, also people of color). If you look at the international statistics, the highest incidents of these murders have taken place in Brazil and Mexico.

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