Her Name Was Tonya Harvey
Tonya Harvey, who was known by her friends as “Kita,” was struck by gunfire just before 5:30 p.m. and was declared dead at the scene,
Original reports from Buffalo police had misgendered Harvey in an original report by The Buffalo News on Tuesday. The news outlet issued a second report on Thursday that identified Harvey as a transgender woman.
The Buffalo police are ruling the shooting as a homicide and a possible hate crime. Buffalo police spokesperson Michael J. DeGeorge told mic.com that the investigation into Harvey’s death was “in the very early stages” and that “police are looking at some possible early leads.”
"I knew her since I started transitioning," said Ashley Breathe, a friend of Harvey's via Facebook. "She was so sweet and loving, always told her she was the black Cameron Diaz."
Harvey becomes the 3rd transgender person murdered in the United States in 2018.
Rest in power Tonya Harvey!