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Transgender woman found dead Friday in Grand Rapids Michigan

Update: 5.16.2021
The family has identified the deceased transgender woman. Her name was Elle Yared.

GRPD officers responding to a call at 10:30 p.m. Friday, May 14, found an unresponsive trans woman in the 800 block of Lake Drive SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Police said the victim was pronounced dead at the scene and the cause of death was deemed ‘suspicious’.

GRPD Sgt. John Wittkowski told FOX 17 that the victim was a 33-year-old transgender woman.

The police investigation determined that a friend of the victim, who was with her throughout the evening, recognized that she was falling in and out of consciousness and had trouble breathing. Medical personnel were called and responded to the scene. Lifesaving efforts were performed, but she died at the scene.

Police said the person had fallen several times during the evening, including while riding a scooter in the downtown area.

Her father wrote in tribute on Facebook, “Our hearts are broken with overwhelming sadness with the passing of our beautiful Elle. Elle was a positive outgoing delight to know and love. Her fearless attitude drove her to excel in the beauty business and her caring and love touched many, especially the love for her niece Nora.”

“Elle was enjoying a wonderful afternoon with a friend riding electric scooters downtown. Elle fell and had a brain injury which sadly took her life. We will cherish the happy years of having this beautiful soul in our lives.”

“We are planning a gathering to celebrate the life of Elle in the near future”, wrote her bereaving father Steve Yared.

Police said alcohol may be a factor in the death.

We will update as information becomes available.

Trans Lives Matters info reports that Elle Yared was the 48th US transgender death recorded since the 2020 Transgender Day of Remembrance. This is a tragic number since we still five months to go.

R.I.P Elle Yared

Kelli Busey
Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender