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Imanitwitaho Zachee

Age 26

3 Feb 2023
Louisville, Kentucky (USA)

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Imanitwitaho Zachee
Imanitwitaho Zachee [photo:]

Zachee was shot outside her place of employment. The shooter - a man who worked for the same company - has been arrested.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The woman shot and killed outside the JB Swift (JBS) plant in Butchertown Friday was identified by the Jefferson County Coroner as Imanitwitaho Zachee, though her friends just called her "Zachee."

A coworker of Zachee, who asked WHAS11 News not to share her name, told us Zachee always had a smile on her face. "She was always happy. Always walking down the hallways smiling," Zachee's coworker said. "Even when she knew they were talking about her, she didn't care. She was always happy."

The coworker described her shock to hear that Zachee was shot and killed in the JBS parking lot. She was working on the line inside JBS when she was informed of the tragedy and ran outside to see LMPD and a black barrier around Zachee’s body.

"She was a very kind person, always loving people and helping people," Zachee's close friend, Eric Semuhungu, said. "I was like 'who does that?' My mind was blowing up. May she rest in peace."

Edilberto Lores-Reyes, 58, has been charged with Zachee's murder after police said he went to the jail and confessed. LMPD's Matt Sanders said he was taken in by detectives with the department's Homicide Unit and interviewed. The citation said the gun used in the shooting was inside Lores-Reyes' vehicle which was parked outside Metro Corrections.

Employees at JBS informed police both the suspect and victim were employed at the facility. Police say surveillance video captured the shooting. Lores-Reyes has not been charged with a hate crime. However, the employee and friend of Zachee we spoke with said it should be considered, "Because everyone knew she was [transgender]."

While we don't know what lead the shooter to kill Zachee. We are learning more about her.

Zachee's coworker, and additional people who knew her, tell WHAS11 News she was born and lived in Rwanda before coming to the United States. Semuhungu said all Zachee wanted in life was to be truly herself. "I hope she gets justice because no one deserves that," he said. "She came to America, the land of opportunity, for a better life. Sadly, she didn't make it."

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Report added: 8 Feb 2023. Last updated: 13 Nov 2023

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