The lgbtq+ community rallies together as news broke of a trans woman found shot to death in her Suitland, Md. apartment, Saturday, July 17.
In a statement released by Prince George County (P.G.) police, they released the victim’s name as Taya Ashton, 20.
Officers were called to the Suitland apartment complex to respond to a shooting. According to the Washington Blade, police said they found Ashton with a gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene.
While investigators believe it was a targeted attack, they don’t think it is connected to Ashton being transgender. Her family thinks otherwise.
In light of her murder, D.C. transgender advocate Earline Budd released a statement saying, “Today is a somber and sad day for the Transgender Community as we remember yet another life so precious taken away.”
The Human Rights Campaign posted an article saying Ashton’s murder is at least the 31st recorded in the lgbtq+ community this year. Budd asked both D.C. and P.G. County to come together to solve Ashton’s murder.
Her grandfather, Stuart Anderson, lives in neighboring D.C. He told the Washington Blade their family is “devastated over the taking of her life by violence.”
He arrived on the scene minutes after the police. Anderson said her apartment didn’t look like there was forced entry leading him to believe Ashton knew her killer.
Her family held a vigil last Wednesday the 21st at River Terrace Park in D.C. where they spoke about her “bright presence” and “beautiful soul.”
According to an article from the Washington Post, an arrest was made in her case on the 22nd. P.G. County investigators arrested DeAllen Price, 27, with “first- and second-degree murder, assault and gun charges.” Price and Ashton were known to be in a relationship at the time of her murder.