Ke'Yahonna StoneAge 32
28 Dec 2021
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Ke'Yahonna was killed when she tried to intervene in a fight in the parking lot of a nightclub.
Ke’Yahonna Stone, a black transgender woman, was shot in a nightclub parking lot in Indianapolis in the early hours of December 26 and died two days later on December 28 after being taken off life support.
Stone, 32, attempted to break up a fight when someone pulled out a gun and began shooting, hitting her in the head, her family told local TV station WISH.
“I feel whoever did it, they moved off of impulse. Some things you got to walk away from. It don’t make you a punk or nothing to walk away,” Stone’s sister Latroya Rucker said. “She was breaking up a fight, trying to defuse a fight that was going on. My sister didn’t have nothing to do with nothing that was going on out there.”
Ke'Yahonna was actively trying to create safe spaces for trans people and had just been hired to work at the Trans Solutions Research & Resource Center.
Friends say part of Stone’s role in the trans community included providing safe spaces inside her home. Efforts to extend her reach in the trans community was only growing.
Marissa Miller said of her friend, Stone, “She didn’t want to be that person who was in the streets no more that everybody was talking about. She didn’t want to do that no more. She was changing her life.”
Miller is the founder of Trans Solutions Research & Resource Center. Stone had recently been hired to work there. The plan was to take her idea of creating safe spaces and expand that to include spaces for the entire LGBTQ community.
“But, the community is hurting. Ke’Yahonna was loved by the community,” Miller said, “And the community is hurting. Some in the community were standing right there. It wasn’t they got the call they were the call.”
Ke'Yahonna's Facebook profile is https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010351899401.