30 Mar 2019
Fairmount Heights, Maryland (USA)
TDoR list ref: tgeu/30-Mar-2019/Ashanti Carmon
Ashanti was shot and killed early on the morning of Saturday 30th March.
Fairmount Heights police said they responded to the area of Aspen and Jost streets around 6:23 a.m. after receiving numerous calls for shots fired. At the scene, a transgender woman was located and pronounced dead at the scene after being shot multiple times.
The victim has been identified as Ashanti Carmon, ABC7 has learned.
"I had seen her I believe on Tuesday because she would come through my office at HIPS,” said Earline Budd, a transgender activist.
HIPS is a group with which Budd is associated that finds alternatives to sex work for transgender people.
“She wasn’t someone that frequented the streets a lot, so that’s why it’s so shocking and the community is stunned,” Budd said. “I’ve been getting calls all day about this murder.”
Budd says they try to discourage the transgender women from coming to the area.
“We’ve had quite a few transgender folks who have been assaulted, have been shot, who have been stabbed in that area,” Budd said.
In death, her father erased her identity.
To the dismay of her friends and at least two family members, the father of transgender woman Ashanti Carmon directed a funeral home to change her appearance and dress her body in a man’s suit for a private viewing not long after she was shot to death by an as yet unidentified assailant in Prince George’s County, Md.
“At the end he just wanted to see and remember her as his son because that’s all he knows,” said Deborah Carmon, the father’s sister and Ashanti Carmon’s aunt.
On 11th May a "Celebration of Lives" service was held at Metropolitan Community Church of Washington DC for Ashanti and four other members of the LGBT community who died unexpectedly in the two-week period following her death. Deborah Carmon and her husband were the only family members who attended.