Elisha WalkerAge 20
1 Nov 2014
Smithfield, North Carolina (USA)
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Elisha disappeared in late October 2014 and her body was found in August 2015. In June 2017 her ex-boyfriend Angel Arias, 25, pled guilty on charges of second degree murder.
Three more African-American transgender women have been reported murdered in the past few days, bringing the total of known transgender murder victims this year to 16, most of them trans women of color.
A body found Thursday in Johnston County, N.C., has been identified as that of Elisha Walker, 20, who had been reported missing by her family last fall, reports Charlotte TV station WSOC (watch below). Police found Walker’s remains buried behind a house near the town of Smithfield in Johnston County, after having found her car burned and abandoned in a field in another county.
The car led them to Angel Arias, 23, a member of the Latin Kings gang. He has been charged with murder and felony vehicle theft, and was jailed in Johnston County without bond as he awaited transport to Rowan County, where Walker had lived, the station reports. Police have not cited a motive in the killing but say Walker apparently died of blunt force trauma.
Walker was reported missing in November 2014, after her family had not heard from her since 24 October, the Salisbury Post reported. Police gave local media information about Walker’s disappearance in an effort to generate leads, but few were forthcoming until Walker’s burnt-out 2000 Pontiac Sunfire was discovered in an open field in Sampson County, police said in a [press] release.
TvT project: The Guardian 15.08.2015 & Planet Transgender 17.08.2015