We have just learned that Rukia Isis Bemer, 22, was the woman who died on the railroad tracks on August 30, 2020. Media reports from the area did not identify Rukia Isis Bemer by name, or as a transgender woman. They simply identified her as a woman.
In the final eight seconds of her life, Rukia Isis Bemer walked head up eyes open into a westbound train.
Lakewood police had not released her name at the time of her death but we have since learned from reliable sources the person who died was in fact transgender woman Rukia Isis Bemer. This revelation is extremely important as the TDoR is approaching quickly.
+Updated throughout as additional information becomes available.
Planet Trans has contacted the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner. Unfortunately, the autopsy report which includes the cause of death won’t be available for at least two weeks.
Eliana Turan, Director Of Development at The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland expressed her frustration at the lack of government transparency in an email:
“Trans woman Rukia Isis Bemer died around the same time as Lea Rayshon Daye. The authorities found Rukia’s body on railroad tracks in the inner Cleveland suburb of Lakewood, very near where I live. She was only 22. We still do not know if she died of suicide, or if it was an accident, or foul play. Most of the media coverage focused on Lea’s death, so we don’t know very much about Rukia’s passing.”
The Craciun Funeral Home obituary describes Rukia Isis Bemer, as a free spirit with a beautiful soul who loved nature, music, and magic. She was truly a unique and magnetic young woman and would light up any room she entered.”
Rukia Isis Bemer a lifelong resident of Lakewood and a beloved member of the LGBTQ community will be dearly missed.
Trans Lifeline: (877) 565-8860
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline: (888) 843-4564
The GLBT National Youth Talkline (youth serving youth through age 25): (800) 246-7743
Crisis Text Line: Text START to 741-741
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255 (online chat available)
The Trevor Project: (866) 488-7386 (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24
R.I.P. Rukia Isis Bemer