Merci MackAge 22 (born 9 Apr 1998)
30 Jun 2020
Oak Cliff, Dallas, Texas (USA)
TDoR list ref: tgeu/30-Jun-2020/Merci Mack
Merci was found unconscious and with gunshot wounds in the parking lot of an apartment complex after neighbours had reported hearing gunfire. She died at the scene.
Her name was Merci Mack. She was a 22-year-old Black trans woman living in Dallas. She had a job, a car, family, and friends. Her social media posts were playful, blunt, and hopeful.
On Tuesday, the final day of Pride month, she was found dead from gunshot wounds in the parking lot of an apartment complex [at the 3000 block of East Ledbetter Drive]. It was 6:15 AM. Neighbors reported hearing gunfire around 5 AM.
The final day of Pride month, in the midst of a nationwide uprising for racial justice, a young Black trans woman loses her life to gunfire. I remember yesterday, remember looking at the Google Doodle of Marsha P. Johnson, one of the most revered Black trans women in LGBTQIA history. And I weep thinking that 50+ years later, our trans neighbors particularly our trans BIPOC sisters are still bearing the brunt of the oppression. That we are grieving 22 year olds and 17 year olds.
Merci is the 17th violent death of a transgender person in the US during 2020. Eight of those neighbors were 25 or younger, including Merci who was 22. Another young Texas trans woman was shot to death in early May.
Like so many others, Merci has been deadnamed and misgendered by law enforcement and police. You might notice its ‘not as bad’ as it has been, but if she can’t have respect in these final days after enduring so much violence – when?
“Merci was loved,” Shannon Walker, the founder of Nu Trans Movement, an advocacy group for trans people in Dallas, told Buzzfeed. “Her family loved her. Her dad, her mom, loved her unconditionally, and that is rare to see in the Black community when it comes to young Black trans folk.”
on april 9th, #MerciMack posted this picture on facebook to commemorate her 22nd birthday. yesterday morning, she was found shot to death in a dallas parking lot. another trans woman's life stolen, and for what? because she dared to live it? pic.twitter.com/cWYjmGdMrN— Kelley Rand (@kelley_rand) July 1, 2020
On 10th July it was reported that a suspect had been arested.
Angelo Walker, 20, was arrested by the North Texas Fugitive Task Force this week. An anonymous witness came forward and said they saw Walker chase Mack through the apartment complex lot and then stand over her and fire multiple shots, according to the arrest affidavit.
Reportedly Walker had known her since childhood.
Merci's Facebook profile is https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002184760155. Her birthday was 9th April.