Shawmayné McClamAge 27
21 Jun 2022
Gulfport, Mississippi (USA)
Shawmayné and her sister were both shot inside their apartment. Makhari Seven Gasaway, 20, was arrested on charges of first-degree murder and aggravated assault.
Her name was Shawmayné Giselle Marie McClam. She was a Black trans woman, just 27 years old, when she was murdered in a shooting in Gulfport, Mississippi on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. And now she is the 18th known trans person to be murdered in the US this year. Her sister is hospitalized in critical condition.
Two siblings were shot multiple times inside a Gulfport apartment early Tuesday morning. One is dead, and the other is fighting for her life. Now, the search is on for the person, or people, responsible.
The deadly confrontation happened just after midnight inside a residence at Emerald Pines Apartments. Another sibling, a brother, was also inside the apartment at the time of the shooting, along with two children and the mother of the victims. None of them were physically injured by the intruder(s).
On Thursday, police arrested a Gulfport man on first-degree murder and aggravated assault charges police said in a new release. Makhari Seven Gasaway, 20, was arrested Thursday and is being held at the Harrison County jail. Police said the shooting occurred after Gasaway and McClam got into an argument, and Gasaway pulled out a gun and started shooting.
He just shot her after an argument. And her sister. In front of their family, including children. He is 20 and now he is a murderer. And sadly once again law enforcement and media misgendered her, forcing her family and friends to add the task of saying her name to their grieving rituals.
Shawmaynè was born and raised in Gulfport, where she attended Gulfport High School. She enjoyed dancing, being funny, and makeup. She worked as a Personal Care Assistant (PCA) and more recently a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) for nearly four years. She advocated on social media for trans folx, against colorism, and loved her streaming shows and movies. Tributes pouring in describe her as a genuinely nice, caring person who is obviously dearly missed.
Please send thoughts up for her sibling who is still in the hospital. There is a GoFundMe to help the family with final expenses.
Just over a week after the shooting Makhari Seven Gasaway, 20, was arrested and confessed to the crime.
A Mississippi man has been arrested after he allegedly confessed to killing a 27-year-old transgender woman in her apartment.
Makhari Seven Gasaway, 20, has been charged with first-degree murder and aggravated assault. Gasaway is currently being held without bond on the murder charge at the Harrison County Jail.
According to the Biloxi Sun Herald, court records indicate that Gasaway confessed to shooting Shawmayné Giselle Marie and her sister on June 21 at approximately 12:30 a.m. at the Emerald Pines Apartments. Marie was found dead at the scene. Her sister, who was shot three times, was sent to a local hospital.
Shawmayné's Facebook profiles are https://www.facebook.com/shawmaynemarie.thickass.3 and https://www.facebook.com/brushawn.shawmayne.