TDoR 2009 / 2009 / August / 26 / Tyli’a Mack

Tyli’a Mack

Age 21

26 Aug 2009
Washington, D.C. (USA)

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Tyli’a Mack
Tyli’a Mack [photo:]

Tyli'a was one of two transgender people stabbed on the street and taken to hospital. Although the other victim survived but Tyli'a died from her injuries.

The police investigated the death as a possible hate crime.

A 21-year-old transgender woman who went by the name of Tyli’a Mack was stabbed to death in DC on August 26th, 2009. Tyli’a and a second transgender victim were found by police at 2:30 p.m. [at the 200 block of Q Street, NW] about two blocks away from the offices of Transgender Health Empowerment (T.H.E.), a social services organization that offers drop-in services to transgender people. Mack was pronounced dead at the Howard University Hospital approximately 30 minutes after being found. The second victim was also taken to a hospital. She was in stable condition and expected to recover.

People were saddened and angered across the country when hearing about the tragic incident in DC. One Struggle, One Fight organized a candlelight vigil in San Francisco, and members of the local LGBTQ community congregated at 18th & Castro on Saturday evening in rememberance of the life of Tyli’a Mack.

Approximately 30-40 people attended the vigil in San Francisco, and when the numbers and emotions seemed too big to contain on a streetcorner, the group occupied the intersection. Many participants were in tears as the group chanted in unison, demanding justice for Mack and an end to transphobia. Towards the end of the event, Sister MaeJoy B. WithU called for a moment of silence, and the sidewalk was eventually lined with candles and photos.

Note that gave Tyli'a's age as 18.

Examiner, 01.09.2009

Report added: 11 Nov 2018. Last updated: 12 Nov 2021

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