On Saturday 16th April 22 year old Keyonna Blakeney was found dead in her room at the Red Roof Inn in Rockville Washington, DC.
Police are treating her death as a murder, stating that she suffered trauma to her upper body. ‘Detectives have been working around the clock on this case,’ Captain Paul Starks reported. ‘We need anyone with information regarding the murder of Keyonna to contact us.’
Her death was reported on Facebook by her friend Foxx Jazell, who said; ‘We have lost another trans sister after being brutally murdered in DC at a Red Roof Inn. The word on the street is that she was the victim of ‘pussy stuntin’. I just saw her post a few days ago that she was celebrating her birthday. This is becoming routine. Girls please be careful out there because the same trade that will have you will the same trade that will murk you.’
It is not clear yet if Keyonna was at the Red Roof Inn to engage in sex work, but police are entertaining that possibility.
In a sad addition to her murder media outlets have been misgendering Keyonna in their reports, and some of the comments on Foxx Jazell’s post have been blaming Keyonna’s decision to engage in sex work as being to blame for her death.
It is important to remember that Keyonna was the victim in this horrible crime, her identity should be respected, her death should not be blamed on her. Her decision to engage in sex work is not the reason that she is dead, it is down to the person who took her life. Please remember that when talking about Keyonna.