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Keanna Mattel ("Kelly Stough")

Age 35

7 Dec 2018
Detroit, Michigan (USA)

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Keanna Mattel ("Kelly Stough")
Keanna Mattel ("Kelly Stough") [photo:]

Keanna was found dead on the east side of the city by police at around 6am on Friday 7th November. She had been shot.

Authorities were initially investigating claims by a 46-year-old man who told officers that he was robbed in the area and fired a shot, but is unsure if he hit the trans woman. However, on Monday 10th December Sterling Heights Baptist pastor Albert Weathers, 46, was charged with her murder.

The murder which had previously thought to be the result of a robbery gone bad might, in fact, be a hate crime.

Albert Weathers, pastor of The New Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist Church and more recently Logos Baptist Church is charged with open murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. The 36th District Court set bond at $1 million according to The Detroit News.

Keanna was an activist. In 2015, she was quoted in UK based newspaper The Guardian speaking about the Detroit police department:

“The police are unaware with our struggle so they have no sympathy for us,” she told the Guardian. “Nobody ever asks, what happened to that person to get here?”

Keanna was quoted in the Guardian speaking on the death of a trans woman, Amber Monroe [1]. This morning, she was killed a few blocks from where Amber died.


Report added: 11 Dec 2018. Last updated: 13 Jan 2021

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