The body of Dejanay Stanton was found by police on Chicago's South Side at around 12:30 PM after people nearby reported hearing gunshots. Stanton had suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
According to Dawn Valenti, a crisis responder with Chicago Survivors, Stanton was originally listed as Jane Doe In the original police reporting. She was later identified at around 6:00 PM after the news of the shooting had circulated on social media.
Friend and Activist LaSaia Wade, the executive director of Brave Space Alliance, had posted the news on Facebook. "So we lost another sister here in Chicago. Sending her family and loved ones peace and justice! Rest in power, Dejanay Stanton."
"She was so sweet. Every time you saw her she had a smile on her face," Wade had also told the Windy City Times. "She was just trying to live her best life as a young girl."
A balloon release is being held later today at the 40th and King Street alley where Stanton was killed at 7:30 PM.
Stanton becomes the 17th transgender person to be murdered in the United States in 2018.
Rest in Power Dejanay Stanton!