The body of transgender woman Merci ‘Pooda’ Mack was found in the parking lot of the Rosemont apartment complex, which is located at 3015 E Ledbetter Drive on Tuesday, June 30, the last day of the Pride Month. Police said that Merci Mack had been shot twice.
According to reports, Miss Mack is the 4th Black Transgender woman murdered during Pride month this year.
Miss Mack is the 18th trans person murdered so far this year according to the Human Rights Campaign.
There was a delay establishing her identity as police deadnamed and misgendered her until her family stepped forward and confirmed her trans status, reported out.com
Texas has had more transgender homicides than any other state in the past five years, and nearly half of those deaths were in Dallas, according to The Dallas Morning News.
This is due in large part to attacks from far-right religious establishments like the Dallas First Baptist Church and demagogues such as H.I.M. HEBREW ISRAELITE MILK who posted an abhorrent youtube video. That individual stated in the first moments of that video that he expected it to be taken down. Please report that video to Youtube as hate speech.
Investigators are urging anyone with information about the shooting to call Detective Tabor with the Dallas Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 214-f671-3605 or firstname.lastname@example.org, for case #114244-2020.
WFAA reports that family members are holding a balloon release in memory of Merci Pooda Mack on July 2, 2020, from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. at 3015 E. Ledbetter.