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Tasiyah Woodland ("Siyah")

Age 18

24 Mar 2023
Mechanicsville, Maryland (USA)

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Tasiyah Woodland ("Siyah")
Tasiyah Woodland ("Siyah") [photo:]

Tasiyah was shot and killed outside the Big Dogs Paradise Bar in Mechanicsville on Friday 24th March. Police arrested Darryl Carlton Parks Jr., 29, in connection with her death.

Parks faces charges including firearms, robbery, and first and second-degree murder.

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division is actively investigating the murder of 18-year-old [deadname] Woodland, who went by the names Tasiyah and Siyah. Woodland was a transgender woman and a resident of Lexington Park. She was killed in Mechanicsville in the early hours of Friday morning.

The Sheriff’s Office has regularly communicated with Woodland’s family to offer support and provide updates on the investigation. Additionally, the Sheriff’s Office has reached out to the LGBTQ+ community, including PFLAG Southern Maryland, to address concerns of personal and public safety. However, based on the current information available, it does not appear that Woodland was targeted because of her gender identity.

The Sheriff’s Office urges anyone with cellphone footage or images of the scene to visit the Citizen Upload Video Upload Portal at The portal allows individuals to provide videos anonymously. The Sheriff’s Office hopes that these materials will aid in the investigation and lead to the identification and prosecution of the perpetrator.

Early Friday morning, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office received a report of shots fired in the parking lot of Big Dogs in Paradise bar in Mechanicsville. Deputies quickly responded to the scene at 1:15 am and discovered the lifeless body of Isiaih Alexander Woodland, an 18-year-old resident of Lexington Park, who had suffered from fatal gunshot wounds.

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division is investigating the incident and is currently trying to determine the motive behind the shooting. At this time, it appears to be an isolated event, and there is no immediate danger to the public.

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Report added: 3 Apr 2023. Last updated: 9 Nov 2023

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