Transgender woman Diamond “Kyree” Sanders murdered in Cincinnati

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Diamond Kyree Sanders
Diamond Kyree Sanders / The Voice of Black Cincinnati

Transgender woman Diamond “Kyree” Sanders, 23, was murdered on March 3, 2021, in Cinncinatti Ohio. Her family said that Diamond was loved and accepted for who she was and that her unique style, charm, and personality will be greatly missed.

According to a press release from the Cincinnati Police Department, Diamond “Kyree” Sanders, 23, was shot on March 3 near the Clifton Colony Apartments at 3200 block of Morrison Avenue. Authorities discovered the victim alive in a parking lot, but she later died from her injuries at a hospital. Cincinnati Police Department spokesperson Eric Franz told Gay City News that the murder initially seemed to be a hate crime, but after further investigation, it appeared the victim was not targeted because of her trans status.

“This was a crime of greed,” Franz told Gay City News before resorting to insensitive language to describe Sanders’ gender identity. “This had nothing to do with the victim’s lifestyle.”

The Voice of Black Cincinnati reported in a Facebook post that the suspect — who has yet to be apprehended — stole the victim’s purse and cellphone. While Franz said the department could not confirm these claims to the media because it’s an open investigation, he noted that these claims would align with “greed.”

Diamonds Obituary reads:

“Diamond was a ball of energy as a child and even up to her time of death. She valued her family and enjoyed spending time with them. As a child, she would say “I love my WHOLE family!” At the last family Thanksgiving dinner, Diamond let her family know she was thankful that they accepted her for who she was as a transgender. In her younger years, Diamond spent many weekends with her Aunt Terron and Grandmother Dianne, baking cookies and making one of her favorite meals, “pigs in a blanket”. They also took Diamond and her siblings on trips to the Bahamas, Florida (Walt Disney World), Detroit and Gatlinburg to show her the world is much bigger than just Cincinnati.”

“As an adult, Diamond was a traveler, known to be in New York City one week and New Orleans the following week. Diamond was really into fashion. She always coordinated her attire from head to toe, including matching hair and nails. She was known to say, “I have to be cute, honey!” A few weeks before her death she was in her grandmother’s closet putting on her fur coat, clothes, and jewelry. Diamond’s unique style, charm, and personality will be greatly missed.”

Visitation and funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 13, 2021, commencing at 1:00 PM at the House of Hope 1829 Elm Street Cincinnati, OH 45202. Fcemasks and social distancing are mandatory.

According to the Remembering Our Dead project Diamond “Kyree” Sanders is the 28th transgender person murdered during the 2021 TDoR reporting period.

Police say that they do not have a suspect.

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Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender