Bianca Bankz ("Muffin")
17 Jan 2021
Atlanta, Georgia (USA)
Bianca died in what appears to have been a murder suicide in her apartment.
ATLANTA — Atlanta Police are investigating two deaths after the victims, described only as a male and a female, were found dead along a major Atlanta route on Sunday evening.
Police said they responded to the area of Joseph E. Boone Boulevard and Troy Street around 8:30 p.m. after a caller said he had found his friend shot inside an apartment. Upon entry, police said they found a male and female dead from apparent gunshot wounds. Police added that one of the victims' injuries appeared to be self-inflicted but didn't say which. Authorities did not provide an age for the victims or suggest whether they were adults or juveniles.
Bianca “Muffin” Bankz a trans woman of color was found murdered in her apartment Sunday, January 17, 2021. Details surrounding her death are murky, but friends say but that her life was taken by a man in her home, who ultimately took his own life.
Bianca “Muffin” Bankz is the second transgender woman to be murdered in Atlanta in the past 18 days. Bonaire (Bonni) Black, 19, was found dead on December 31, 2020, under a blanket in a parking garage in midtown Atlanta.
Jesse Pratt López founder of the Trans Housing Coalition (THC) wrote on Facebook “during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have worked nonstop to get as many trans and nonbinary people off the streets and into relative safety as quickly as possible. These efforts have often extended to people who were not enrolled in our program, but connected to our clients.”
“We met Muffin when we were unable to take on any new clients. Because she was good friends with our client, Africa, she became Africa’s roommate and we were able to at least provide housing for her over the past few months.”
Muffin and Africa knew each other for eight years. They were homeless together, lived together in emergency housing, and just last month moved into an apartment together with our help. According to Africa, Muffin was a good friend, a girl who “if you forgot the butter [at the store] she already had it.”
Muffin didn’t have a relationship with her blood family. She was a child of the foster care system in Florida and moved to Atlanta in her early 20s where she found her chosen family. She and Africa were so close, that Africa’s mother became like a mother to her too.
Muffin was blossoming into herself. She had recently begun her medical transition in November. Her hope, according to Africa, was to compete on RuPaul’s Drag Race. They were supposed to compete together.
A vigil was held at her home on 1177 Joseph E. Boone Blvd NW on Friday, 29th January.