TDoR 2016 / 2016 / February / 27 / Demarkis Stansberry

Demarkis Stansberry

Age 30

27 Feb 2016
Baton Rouge, Louisiana (USA)

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Demarkis Stansberry
Demarkis Stansberry [photo:]

Demarkis was shot in the head by 24-year-old Nicholas Matthews inside Matthews’ home at about 11:30am on Saturday 27th February. He died at the scene.

Matthews turned himself in to local police on the day of the shooting and confessed to the killing.

Matthews originally told the police that he shot Stansberry by accident under the belief that his gun was empty after removing the clip on New Year’s Eve. However, local reports claim that Stansberry was shot at point-blank range with the shooter standing at his side.

He was charged with negligent homicide, illegal use of a weapon, and possession of a firearm by a felon.

“We are saddened by the loss of Demarkis Stansberry, and send our condolences to his loved ones,” said Emily Waters of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs in a statement. “We are only beginning to see national visibility around the disproportionate violence that transgender people face in this nation. Violence against transgender men has been largely missing from these conversations, and we must encourage a discussion of the unique ways that transgender men experience violence.”

Elizabeth Anne Jenkins, president of Louisiana Trans Advocates, on her Facebook page said that Stansberry was a member of her organisation.

TvT project: The Advocate, 29.02.2016

Report added: 18 Sep 2018. Last updated: 13 Jan 2021

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