On December 29, police arrested 30-year-old Marquis Tanner and charged him with the murder of Alexandria Winchester, 24, of the Bronx. Tanner, who resides in Manhattan is charged with criminal possession of a weapon, and unlawful possession of marijuana, according to Gay City News.
Alexandria Winchester, 24, was found dead at the rear of 365 East 183 Street. She died from a gunshot wound in the back of her head, according to Bronx News 10.
Ali Forney Center said in a Facebook post on December 31, that “we learned that one of our clients, Alexandria Winchester, a young transgender woman of color, was murdered on the streets of our city. The details about her murder are still emerging, and it is believed she knew her murderer. We do not know whether she was targeted because of her identity.”
Alexandria Winchester resided at Marsha’s House, a transitional shelter located at 480 E 185th St, named in honor of street activist Marsha. P. Johnson.
Just after the holiday break, Bill Torres, director of the Ali Forney Center’s drop-in services, said he received a call from the NYPD’s LGBTQ liaison, Carl Locke. He said Locke noticed that wanted posters referring to the incident misgendered the victim. Locke reached out to Torres to clarify the victim’s identity and correct the mistake.
“We end up in that position a lot where we become the guardian family, the spokesperson for whoever has passed,” Torres told Gay City News.
AM News NY reported that police in the Bronx found a woman fatally shot near an apartment building in Fordham Heights. In an article that misgendered Alexandria Winchester
The murder happened at about 9:26 p.m. on Dec. 26 in the rear of the structure on East 183rd Street near Webster Avenue.
Officers from the 46th Precinct found her unconscious, with a gunshot wound to the back of her head.
Responding EMS units pronounced her dead at the scene.
According to the TransLivesMatters TDoR project, Alexandria Winchester is the 12th transgender and drag artist murdered in the USA since November 20th, 2020.