Kathryn NewhouseAge 19
9 Mar 2022
Canton, Georgia (USA)
Kathryn was killed by her father. He then shot himself.
On Saturday March 19, 2022, a 19-year-old Asian-American autistic trans woman living with mental illness issues was murdered by her father in their family home. Her father then died by suicide using the same gun.
Her name was Kathryn (Katie) Newhouse. A native of Illinois, Kathryn was most recently living with her family in Canton, Georgia. Kathryn was a Minecrat and UberSpire enthusiast, an advocate for trans rights, had a bright smile, enjoyed changing up her hair styles, and attentive to world events. She enjoyed hiking and sight seeing. She was proud of her AAPI heritage; she was of Filipino heritage. She believed the credo “Model best behavior in your own sphere, break down stereotypes, and speak out.”
Kathryn is the eighth transgender person reported as a victim of fatal violence in 2022. She is the sixth woman of color from these neighbors and the first victim who identified as Asian-American. At age 19, she is the youngest victim this year to date. Their collective deaths come on the heels of 2021, the most violent year in recorded history with the deaths of 57 trans, non-binary, and gender nonconforming people in the United States alone. Note that the tabulation includes a significant number of reports of folx murdered in 2021. This might be confusing. Of course it is confusing. I tried to sort it out below.
On her Facebook page, Kathryn quoted Joan Didion in her profile. This quote was from a commencement address at the University of California, Riverside, in 1975: “I’m not telling you to make the world better, because I don’t think that progress is necessarily part of the package. I’m just telling you to live in it. Not just to endure it, not just to suffer it, not just to pass through it, but to live in it. To look at it. To try to get the picture. To live recklessly. To take chances. To make your own work and take pride in it. To seize the moment. And if you ask me why you should bother to do that, I could tell you that the grave’s a fine and private place, but none I think do there embrace. Nor do they sing there, or write, or argue, or see the tidal bore on the Amazon, or touch their children. And that’s what there is to do and get it while you can and good luck at it.”
Rest in power, Kathryn. You absolutely deserved to still be here with us and to receive the supports you needed to live your best and brightest life. It was not up to your father or anyone else to decide what a better place would be for you. I am sorry we failed to create a world that valued and celebrated your whole self. I am sorry for your suffering. Thank you for all that you gave to our world.
May your memory be a revolution.
A vigil for Kathryn was held on the evening of Monday 4th April.
ATLANTA — A candlelight vigil was held Monday night for a transgender woman who police say was killed by her own father.
Dozens of people showed up to honor Kathryn Newhouse, 19, in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park. She was killed in Cherokee County a couple of weeks ago.
Now, Newhouse’s friends are using her tragedy to spread awareness about the threat the trans community is facing. “She was like a little sister to me. She was a real sweetheart,” [name redacted] said.
Police say Newhouse, an Asian American transgender woman, was killed by her father inside their family home last month. Investigators say her father shot and killed her before turning the gun on himself.
“I would’ve never imagined something like this happening to her,” [name redacted] said.
Monday’s memorial served as more than just a tribute to Newhouse.
“I want people to realize that violence against trans people and violence against autistic people and violence against Asian Americans is real and it’s an epidemic. I don’t want stories like Kathryn’s swept under the rug. I want change and action to come from this. I think it’s important”.