Royal Poetical StarzAge 26 (born 26 May 1995)
2 Oct 2021
Miami Gardens, Florida (USA)
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Poetical was shot inside her vehicle late on the morning of Saturday 2nd October. As a result of police misgendering her murder did not come to light until nearly two weeks later.
A 26-year-old Black transgender woman from Pompano Beach was gunned down and killed late morning Saturday, Oct. 2, inside her Hummer on a residential Miami Gardens street.
Royal Poetical Starz is believed to be one of at least 40 trans, nonbinary or gender-nonconforming people reported slain this year in the United States, according to queer blogger Sue Kerr, who tracks these killings for her website, Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents.
Kerr and South Florida trans activists, including Morgan and Ashley Mayfaire of TransSOCIAL, were stunned to learn from a reporter on Tuesday that a trans woman had been shot to death the week before in Northwest Miami-Dade County.
A prime reason they didn’t know: Miami Gardens police on Oct. 4 issued a news release stating that a 26-year-old “Black male” had been slain — alongside a photo of Poetical presenting herself as a woman.
Investigators haven’t said much about Poetical’s death, except it “occurred at the 4600 Block of NW 185th Street, in Miami Gardens” about 11:26 a.m., according to the police news release.
Poetical's Facebook profile is https://www.facebook.com/BrandonPoetical.