Chicago Trans woman Real Eshay Murdered Christmas Day

Real Eshay
Real Eshay also known as Courtney key was murdered Christmas day
Real Eshay
Real Eshay also known to her friends as Courtney Key.

Transgender woman Real Eshay, 25, AKA Courtney Key, was murdered on Christmas day on Chicago’s east side.

Ms. Key known to friends as Real Eshay, was found unresponsive by police at 8:40 pm in the 900 block of East 82nd st, Chatham neighborhood, Southeast Side on December 25, 2020.

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Real Eshay died of gunshot wounds shortly afterward.

The Legal help firm posted this Saturday: “Courtney Key, 25, was shot & killed in the 900 block of East 82nd, Chatham neighborhood, Southeast Side on December 25, 2020. Seen/heard anything tip at Our condolences. #chicagostreetcrime”

“Her family denotes transgender identity.”

The Chicago Tribune misgendered her in their original reporting bust has since identified the victim with gender-neutral pronouns.  The Chicago Tribune now reports that “a person was found dead on a street Christmas evening in the East Chatham neighborhood on the South Side, authorities said.”

“About 8:40 p.m., an unresponsive person was found lying on the south side of the 900 block of East 82nd Street, Chicago police said. The individual, who has not yet been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene.”

Fox 32 Chicago is reporting on her murder same except they are misgendering the victim as a ‘male’.

Dozens of Real Eshay’s friends heard their friend call and in minutes they moved to where she was shot to hold a candlelight vigil.  Please listen to their words as they prayed for Eshay on that cold windy night. Listen as they shouted with heart-rendering cries for Courtney. Watch as they released their balloons.

Friends, we didn’t know her, and we weren’t at her vigil, but that mustn’t stop us from feeling what her friends felt  Listen to her friend’s uplifting prayers. There is a sense of desperation and real separation in their words. She was a human being. She was a trans woman of color. SHOUT IT #BlackTransLivesMatter #SayherName Real Eshay

Remembering her as someone they could always count on in times of need.


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Related” So how do we address not only our grief but advance our right to live without fear?
Chicago’s Mama Gloria can show us the way.

R.I.P Real Eshay A.K.A lil Courtney

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