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Fifty Bandz

Age 21

28 Jan 2021
Baton Rouge, Louisiana (USA)

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Fifty Bandz
Fifty Bandz [photo:]

Fifty was shot by her boyfriend - a man described by witnesses as "very volatile" and who they said "was not open or forthcoming" about dating her.

After a transgender woman was found dead from gunshot wounds last week, detectives with the Baton Rouge Police Department identified a suspect: a man with whom she was in a relationship who had threatened her life in the past.

Police said he pulled the trigger during an argument.

Michael Joshua Brooks, 20, was booked into jail Tuesday morning, five days after [deadname] Wyatt was shot to death. The shooting occurred in the 5000 block of McClelland Drive, part of Baton Rouge's Brookstown neighborhood.

Detectives interviewed several witnesses to solve the case. During the interviews, they learned that Wyatt — who friends called 'Fifty' — was a transgender woman and had been involved in a relationship with Brooks for over a year, according to his arrest warrant.

Witnesses described the relationship as "very volatile" and said Brooks "was not open or forthcoming" about dating the victim, which "had caused personal problems" for them, detectives wrote in the warrant. At some point over the summer, Wyatt posted videos of them together, according to the warrant. Witnesses said Brooks had threatened to kill her in the past.

The article paints a picture of a young woman who was intelligent, self aware and loved to be with her friends.

According to her social media profiles, Fifty loved to dance and laugh with her friends and was self-aware about the distinction between online appearances and her private life. She also indicated that her birthday is this or next week, but the precise date is unclear.

She is the fifth trans or gender nonconforming person reported killed in 2021. She’s the fourth Black trans woman. She is the youngest women at age 21 and one of two individuals under age 25.

Rest in power, Fifty. You deserved a joyful life, you deserved to be loved and respected by your boyfriends and by everyone. You deserved to be remembered for your real identity. Your life mattered.

May your memory be a revolution.

Fifty's Twitter profile is

Report added: 6 Feb 2021. Last updated: 12 Nov 2021

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