Kayden ClarkeAge 24
4 Feb 2016
Mesa, Arizona (USA)
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Kayden was shot dead by police officers who claimed that he had a knife after they came to his home following a suicide call. He died in hospital.
Police in Arizona knew they’d be dealing with someone who may not be in the right frame of mind when they arrived at the home of 24-year-old Kayden Clarke. Friends had called police fearing for Clarke, a transgender man, was suicidal. When police arrived Clarke allegedly charged at two officers with a knife and at least one of them opened fire, reports the Arizona Republic.
Clarke suffered from Asperger syndrome, a form of autism in which otherwise intelligent people may lack social skills and suffer from a range of atypical behavior. According to videos on YouTube and posts on Facebook from friends that have since been deleted or marked private, Clarke also allegedly suffered a history of physical and sexual abuse as a child that left him with post-traumatic stress disorder and suicidal ideation.
In December, Clarke had posted a video in which he announced that his insurance would pay for his reassignment surgery. "I'm so happy," he said.
TvT project: Huffington Post & The Advocate, 06.02.2016