Jojo StrikerAge 23
8 Feb 2017
Toledo, Ohio (USA)
TDoR list ref: tgeu/8-Feb-2017/Jojo Striker
Jojo was found dead in a garage. She had suffered a single gunshot wound to her torso.
Police found the body of JoJo Striker, 23, in an empty garage in Toledo, Ohio, on Feb. 8, WTOL reported. Striker died of a single gunshot to her torso. Police do not currently have a suspect or motive for her death.
WTOL reported that Striker's mother, Shanda Striker, believes the killing was a hate crime.
"The police told us to leave it alone but that will never happen because I will always search for my son's killer," Shanda Striker told WTOL. "This is a hate crime and it needs to stop."
Initial media reports misgendered Striker. On its Facebook page, Equality Toledo invited media to training workshops to educate them on better reporting practices.
"We are saddened to hear of the murder of JoJo Striker," Toledo wrote. "As a way to honor her life, this is a direct invitation to all media sources in the Toledo area to a workshop on how to appropriately report on the lives of the LGBT community, particularly our transgender siblings."
Phaylen Fairchild, a Toledo-area transgender woman and advocate for the community, said in a phone interview that Striker's death has shaken many of the community's young transgender women, who already feel Toledo's environment is extremely oppressive to trans women, especially trans women of color.
On Wednesday 30th March 2022, Toledo arrested and charded Antonio Scott Jr., 21.
A man was arrested Wednesday for the murder of a transgender woman five years ago.
Antonio Scott Jr., 21, has been charged with the murder of [deadname] Striker, 23, who was fatally shot on Feb. 8, 2017, Toledo police said.
Police said Ms. Striker was found with a single gunshot wound to the torso in a vacant garage in the 200 block of Austin Street in central Toledo. She was pronounced dead at the scene. At the time authorities said they believed she was killed at or near the garage.
According to Toledo police and U.S. Marshal’s Office, DNA evidence led to Scott, who was 15 when the crime occurred. He was booked into the Lucas County jail.