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R. Clark Jr.

Age 45

2 Apr 2024
Angola, Louisiana (USA)
Killed In custody

R. Clark Jr.

R. died after an altercation with three other inmates. We don't know if they had a preferred social name.

Robert, aka "Yella", age 45, and three other inmates got into an altercation around 10 a.m. Tuesday. Correctional officers making routine rounds stopped the fight, according to a release from the Louisiana Department of Corrections sent out Wednesday. Clark died shortly after, according to the DOC.

The incident is still under investigation and criminal charges are pending following the outcome of the investigation and the autopsy.

Many media outlets did not disclose that the person identified as transgender, had been diagnosed with gender dysphoria and had been receiving gender-affirming estrogen hormone therapy which caused them to develop female secondary sex characteristics.

A former fellow inmate said that Clark’s [gender identity] was something that made life more dangerous for Clark at Angola.

"You can be a target," they said. "That kind of thing can make things a little bit more dangerous for you."

The 2015 United States Transgender Survey found that transgender prisoners are five times more likely to be sexually assaulted by facility staff and over nine times more likely to be sexually assaulted by other inmates.

Robert was in Angola on a murder conviction which they were trying to have overturned. In an appeals court filing, they argued they were defending themselves from being raped and the killing was in self-defense.

Report added: 10 Apr 2024. Last updated: 9 May 2024

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