Felycya HarrisAge 33
3 Oct 2020
Augusta, Georgia (USA)
Felycya's body was found in a park next to an elementary school. She was an interior decorator who ran her own company and also taught dance.
A Black transgender woman was found dead in a Georgia park on Saturday, a scenario that has played out far too many times for the trans community this year.
Felycya Harris, a 33-year-old interior decorator who also taught dance, was discovered in Meadowbrook Park in Augusta, Georgia. The modestly sized recreational area is adjacent to an elementary school of the same name, located on the southwestern outskirts of the state capital.
According to the Augusta Chronicle newspaper, Harris died as a result of gunshot wounds. Her death was ruled as a homicide by Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen, although a motive is unknown and a suspect has yet to be identified.
Local community members claimed they are in the dark regarding the circumstances which led up to her tragic death.
“We don’t know what happened — only God knows,” friend and supporter Angela Bales told the Chronicle, one of dozens rallying in her name under “Justice for Felycya” posts on Twitter and Facebook. “We’ve got to have some sort of justice for her.”
The Human Rights Campaign paid tribute to her, calling her a young woman whose life was “full of promise.”
“Felycya... ran her own company where she enjoyed lending her eye to improve the surroundings of others, and made others feel comfortable in their own space,” the organization said. “She said she could do ‘just about anything with decorating,’ which she learned from her late grandmother.”
Felycya's Facebook profile is https://www.facebook.com/felycyadareal.mrsdorsey.