Mar’Quis ‘MJ’ JacksonAge 33 (born 12 Dec 1989)
14 Dec 2022
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA)
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MJ's body was found in a backyard about two days after he died from blunt force trauma.
The Philadelphia Police Department is investigating the death of a man found with trauma to his head. According to police, officers responded to the 1800 block of Brunner Street around 4:16 p.m. on Wednesday. Authorities say Marquis Jackson, 33, was found in a backyard with an injury to his face. Medics pronounced him dead on scene at 4:23 p.m., per police.
His friend Sharree describes him as “full of life and love” saying he “would get the party started anywhere.” She added “Loved everybody. He wasn’t a person u can stay mad at.”
Philadelphia Police are investigating Mar’Quis death as a homicide. According to friends, a suspect was detained and released due to lack of evidence.
Mar’Quis celebrated his birthday on Monday and didn’t return home. His mother began calling his friends, then acquaintances. That’s when she reached the person living in the house attached to the backyard where his body was found. A family friend hurried over and identified him on Wednesday.
The family reports they were informed that the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head. They were also reportedly told that Mar’Quis may have been dead for as long as 48 hours before he was found.
MJ was born and raised in South Carolina by his mother. They relocated to Philadelphia. Mar’Quis was interested in fashion, music, martial arts, and so much more. He supported the William Way Center, The Free Ky Project, and the Transgender Legal Defense Fund among other organizations. Sharree says he was well-known as a very proud out Black trans man with family support.
In March 2023 police announced that they were seeking Charles Mitchell, 40, in connection with MJ's murder.
Authorities have identified the person they say killed Mar’Quis “MJ” Jackson, a transgender man who was an advocate in the Philadelphia transgender community, District Attorney Larry Krasner said Wednesday.
Charles Mitchell, 40, of the 1800 block of Brunner Street in North Philadelphia, is being sought by law enforcement in connection with the killing of Jackson, 33, who was found dead in December in Mitchell’s backyard. Authorities say he had been beaten and left outside, shoeless, on a cold winter day.
Mitchell faces charges of murder, abuse of corpse, tampering with evidence, and related crimes. Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore said the motive for the crime was unclear. Jackson may have survived, she said, if he had received medical attention sooner.