Her Name Was Brandi Seals

26-year-old Brandi Seals, a transgender woman of color, was found shot to death in Houston, Texas Wednesday morning.

​Seals’ body was found in a Sunnyside home that was under construction at about 6:00 AM after neighbors reported hearing six gunshots.

The original reporting by Houston’s FOX 26 had repeatedly misgendered Seals, including misgendering from her family.

"(She) was a loving person," said Maria Cheeks, who is Seals' aunt, to FOX 26. "A beautiful person. I mean yes, (she) can pass for a woman, because (she) was just that beautiful. You know what I'm saying?"

The misgendering in the original reporting continued as Houston Police Department Homicide Unit Detective Fil Waters referred to Seals as a “man in women’s clothing,” while almost putting the blame on her for being transgender. "The speculation is (she's) been working the street, that someone picks up and then realizes (she's) not what (she’s) representing (herself) to be and take(s) this kind of ultimate action," Waters also said.

"Whoever took (her) life, they have to answer," said Cheeks as she wiped away tears. "Maybe the police might not get you, but you will have to answer to one person. And that's the higher power of God. You will have to answer to him."

Seals leaves behind a large loving family, who despite the misgendering, say they supported her in her transition.

A vigil was held on Thursday at the site of her murder with a second being held at Houston City Hall at 5:00 PM on Friday.

If anyone has any information about Seals’ murder, please call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).

Rest in Power Brandi Seals!

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