Crystal EdmondsAge 32
16 Sep 2016
Baltimore, Maryland (USA)
TDoR list ref: tgeu/16-Sep-2016/Crystal Edmonds
Crystal was found on a sidewalk by police at 3 a.m on the morning of Friday 16th September. She had been shot in the back of the head.
She was taken to hospital but died a few hours later.
To her family, Crystal was known by a few names. Because, as a child, she had a bump on her face, they called her Bumpkis, Bumpy, and then Bumpers. But mostly they called her Ms. Crystal. Now and then the family referred to her by her birth name, or as many in the trans community call it, her dead name. Deadnaming is the act of referring to a trans person by their birth name instead of their chosen name. Some of the family members also had an issue using Crystal's preferred pronouns. However, they spoke highly and honestly of her. You could see how fresh this trauma was on all of the family's faces. Any time Crystal's sister spoke of her, she would fight back tears.
"Crystal was an incredible cook, but her specialty was baking," Ms. Vanessa said, grinning from ear to ear. "She loved to bake. When holidays came she baked everything. I don't even want to think about the holidays this year. It's gonna be hard."
TvT project: The Advocate & Baltimore’s City Paper, 16.09.2016