Gizzy FowlerAge 24
12 Nov 2014
Nashville, Tennessee (USA)
TDoR list ref: tgeu/12-Nov-2014/Gizzly Fowler
Gizzy was found shot dead on the morning of 12th November lying beside her car in the driveway of an unoccupied home in the Bordeaux area north of Nashville.
Detectives linked Mallory Porter, 18, to the crime through phone records and DNA evidence. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree murder.
In the early morning hours of November 12, Gizzy Fowler, a 24-year-old transgender woman of color, was fatally shot in the front yard of a north Nashville residence, according to Nashville news station WKRN-TV.
Neighbors called police at 5:27 a.m. on Wednesday after hearing a gunshot and seeing an unfamiliar white Buick LaCrosse, which authorities have identified as Fowler's, sitting in the driveway of the Bordeaux-area home. Seeing lights on inside the home, which neighbors knew to be unoccupied, they called police to report a possible burglary.
When police arrived, they found Fowler deceased near the open passenger door of her car. The residence showed no signs of forced entry. Police are still investigating why Fowler was on the property.
Fowler's identity was withheld until Friday, when her next-of-kin made a positive identification. Initially, WKRN-TV misidentified her as a "man wearing women's clothes," and several local news stations misgendered Fowler, until the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition announced that Fowler identified as a trans woman, notes Nashville's Out and About.
On Friday, the victim's mother, Tiffany Fowler, tearfully asked her community for answers through local news station WSMV-TV:
"All I want to know is why," Fowler said. "[She] loved people. [She] was just a genuine people person. … I just pray that we can get some answers on what happened. What did my child do to you > that was so bad, to make you do this to [her]. To take [her], why?"
Gizzy also used the name Breana.
TvT project: Huffington Post 16.11.2014 & O&AN 14.11.2014