Dominique "Rem'mie" FellsAge 27 (born 30 Jul 1992)
9 Jun 2020
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA)
Stabbed and dismembered
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Dominique's body was found on the banks of the Schuylkill River. She had suffered stab wounds and trauma to the head and face, and her body was found with both legs severed.
An arrest warrant was issued for Akhenaton Jones, 36, after blood and a cutting tool believed to be connected to the case was discovered in his home.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Akhenaton Jones, 36 for the murder of black transgender woman Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells according to CBS Philadelphia.
Fells’ family is hoping anyone who knows Jones’ whereabouts will come forward. “Turn him in! This was a gruesome death,” Fells’ aunt, Germyce Williams, told CBS Philadelphia. “How anybody could do this to another human being is just so heartless and cruel. No mother should have to go through this, and I’m speaking for my sister-in-law.”
Fells’ body was found last week [near Bartram's Garden] on the banks of the Schuylkill River. Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small told local station WPVI that the 27-year-old had suffered stab wounds and trauma to the head and face, and her body was found with both legs severed.
“We were always concerned about her. Whenever we saw her we’d say, ‘Listen, be careful, make sure that you’re safe, because we knew that there’s a lot of hate out there for transgender,’” Fells’ aunt told CBS Philadelphia. “We accepted her as who she identified as and we just wanted the best for her,” she added.
A GoFundMe set up by family to help with funeral expenses with a $1,000 goal has received more than $125,000.
I have not seen one thing about this. There are no news articles. Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells was found Tuesday in Philadelphia dismembered and in the river. #BlackTransLivesMatter #blacklivesmatter #DominiqueFells pic.twitter.com/OLXlfZyeF9— kellie (@cemeteryfIowers) June 12, 2020
The nonprofit group New Voices organised a march in her memory in West Philadelphia on Saturday 20th June.
One of Dominique's friends described her as always "having fun and being vibrant." According to her father:
"She was a person who could light up a room even when it was quiet. "The only thing that stood out about her is that she did her thing with confidence, which as a family we all embrace."
In November 2020 Akhenaton Jones was arrested in Los Angeles.