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Celine Walker

Age 36

4 Feb 2018
Jacksonville, Florida (USA)

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Celine Walker
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Celine was shot dead in a hotel room. Initial news reports deadnamed and misgendered her.

Not long after I learned about the murder of Tonya Harvey in Buffalo, because of the misgendering of her by law enforcement and Jacksonville, FL media, I’m just now discovering thanks to reader Kayla Gore about the murder of the fourth trans person we have lost to anti-trans violence in 2018 and the second we have lost this week in 36 year old Celine Walker.

Walker, who was from Brandon, FL , was found shot to death in a room at the Extended Stay America on Skinner Lake Drive near St John Town Center. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office was called to the location after Walker’s body was found at 8 PM EST Sunday.

The reason the media has misgendered her is because it started with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, who is claiming they have a policy that does not refer to victims as transgender.  Well Jacksonville Sheriff’s Department, y’all need to deal with the reality that trans people exists, because it was not only disrespectful to refer to Celine as a man, not stating from the outset that a transgender female was murdered (see how easy that was Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office) has delayed your investigation

Many of us in the trans community who know her don’t know, don’t want to know or don’t care to know a trans person’s dead name. If you tell us what your name is, we respect that. 

And her Black trans life mattered.

In September 2019 police arrested Sean Bernhard Phoenix and charged him with murder and evidence tampering.

A 21-year-old man has been charged with murder in the 2018 shooting death of transgender woman Celine Walker in Jacksonville.

Walker, 36, also known as Erika, was shot several times and killed at the Extended Stay America hotel in Jacksonville’s Southpoint neighborhood on Feb. 4, 2018. Police found several shell casings and DNA evidence at the crime scene.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office investigated the crime for more than a year before finally arresting Sean Bernard Phoenix and charging him with murder. He has also been charged with evidence tampering.

Police say Phoenix admitted to shooting Walker during an interrogation, and that he then sold the murder weapon to a stranger.

Democracy Now and The Root, 12.02.2018

Report added: 1 Sep 2018. Last updated: 13 Jan 2021

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