Trans man Novaa RU Watson, was shot and killed at a Lynchburg Family Dollar Monday night. The 23-year-old resident of Lynchburg was found by police at 6 pm June 14 while responding to a malicious wounding report at the Family Dollar at 2029 Fort Avenue.
Officers located one man with a gunshot wound who was transported to Lynchburg General Hospital and later succumbed to his injuries, according to Lynchburg police.
Police say they do not have evidence to believe it was a hate crime.
STATISTICS from 1/1/2021 to 6/1/2021 provided by Trans Death Investigations
– (33) CASES
– (26) HOMICIDES
– (3) OIS TOTAL / (1) IS A SUICIDE-BY-COP/ (1) PENDING/ (1) IS THE NON-TRANS PERP SHOT BY OFFICER IN DEFENSE OF TRANS VICTIM
– (1) I/C DEATH AT JAIL
– (5) UNCLASSIFIED DEATHS
– (1) VEHICULAR DEATH/ POSS HOMICIDE
– (16) CASES CLOSED BY ARREST(S)
– (14) UNSOLVED/ OPEN HOMICIDE CASES
The trans lives TDOR project has recorded, 39 deaths, not including Novaa.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Det. Miller at (434) 455-6160 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 798-5900. Enter a tip online at http://p3tips.com or use the P3 app on a mobile device.
This is an ongoing investigation. Any additional information will be released as an update to this news release.
R.I.P. Novaa RU Watson