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Denali Berries Stuckey

Age 29

20 Jul 2019
North Charleston, South Carolina (USA)

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Denali Berries Stuckey
Denali Berries Stuckey [photo:]

Denali's body was found with gunshot wounds by the side of the road at 4am on Saturday 20th July.

North Charleston PD officers responded to a 4:05 AM EDT call of a body lying on the side of the road at 2721 Carner Avenue. They arrived at the scene to find 29 year old Denali Berries Stuckey dead from a gunshot wound

And as you probably guessed. local media misgendered her in their reporting.

Stuckey is the 12th trans woman to die this year in the US, with all of the known victims so far being African American. She is also the 8th one under age 30 to be killed in 2019.

Rest in power and peace, Denali. Hoping that the person who killed you is swiftly caught and punished to the full extent of the law.

As police investigate, family friend Ron'Rico Judon reflected on Stuckey's life, which he said she lived unapologetically and courageously. "She was a free spirit. She was very outspoken," Judon told ABC News. "If you didn't like the fact that she was trans, she would give you a piece of her mind."

Stuckey, a North Charleston native, ran a home childcare business and was a cosmetologist, Judon said.

"She was very loving," he said. "She always smiled, always laughed. Had this beautiful smile. Loved to dance." Judon said he's "devastated" and "heartbroken" by her death.

"Somebody that was deeply loved by so many was taken from us," he said. "To have the type of love and support that Denali had, not only from friends and the community, but family, that's rare."

Editor's Note: Denali's murder took place on the same day that thousands of UK trans folks were on the streets for Trans Pride Brighton. While we were marching for equality and an end to violence against trans people worldwide, another of our siblings was dying in the USA. Say Her Name.

On 10th August 2019 a warrant was issued for the arrest of Dominick Achield, 34. He was arrested, then freed on bail. On Monday 10th November 2020 he was arrested again after attempting to murder a North Charleston man.

Report added: 23 Jul 2019. Last updated: 13 Jan 2021

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