Trans activist Aubrey Mariko Shine, 22, jumped to her death February 24th while posting images to her Facebook page. This is a grim reminder that no one in our community, journalists and activists included are immune to society’s ravages.
Her “death was a witnessed jump from the Golden Gate Bridge to the bay waters,” said Lieutenant Keith Boyd, a spokesman for the Coroner Division of the Marin County Sheriff’s office. “A forensic examination was performed and the cause of death is multiple blunt impact injuries.”
Shine’s remains were located in the bay at about 6:12 p.m. February 24 and taken to Coast Guard Station Golden Gate, and the case remains “under investigation,” he said.
The discovery was made just after Debbie Mobo, 23, last spoke with Shine.
Mobo, who lives in San Francisco, said in an interview with The Bay Area Reporter that she met Shine online just a few days before Shine jumped. The two hadn’t yet met in person, but they’d planned to go to a movie together.
Mobo said she texted with Shine February 24 around 4 p.m.
“She said she was going to take a walk on the Golden Gate Bridge, and she was just going to walk around,” said Mobo, who used female pronouns when referring to Shine and said Shine preferred that. “Then she said her bus was coming, so she hung up the phone.”
The final text Mobo sent was, “‘Are you OK?’ She didn’t reply.”
She said she learned of what happened through Facebook
There is only one news article I could find about her death.
As a journalist and trans person, it’s a total mindfuck that when a white person kills themselves it’s major headlines but when a POC trans person does it, their death hardly causes a ripple.
A trans woman of color responded to this in a message by saying ‘Not one ripple at all”.
Aubrey Mariko Shine received confirmation and support after posting this message to the 20,000 member Facebook Transgender Alliance last October.
Reina De Aztlan, Oakland, California posted this to Facebook..
COMMUNITY, we have lost one of our own. Aubrey Mariko Shine has moved on from this world. I did not feel comfortable disclosing much information out of respect for Aubrey, but people need to know! I cannot and will not sit back quiet and let her death or her powerful existence go unrecognized.
Aubrey was a young trans woman of color who was constantly fighting for her right to exist in a world that was not built for her to thrive! She was one of the 3 Youth organizing the East Bays Youth Empowerment Summit in April. Before taking her life, she cited the most recent killings of trans women of color and asked if she was next. Her suicide IS connected to the state-sanctioned violence against TWOC. It is connected to the lack of family support.
It is connected to a foster care system that REFUSES to address the needs of trans Youth of color in the system.
Aubrey was supposed to be at our planning meeting tomorrow and now she can’t be. I will miss you so much friend. I will miss your unapologetic determination to be yourself. I will miss your funky hair, your awkward laugh, your sheer defiance of gender expectations. Thank you for all that you taught me. I’m sorry that we could not give you the world you deserved fast enough. You touched our hearts and spirits in profound ways. We will continue to fight for you and our communities. I promise. #RIPAubreyMarikoShine
Trevor Lifeline(for LGBTQ youth): 1-866-488-7386 [US]
Trans Lifeline(staffed by & for trans people): 1-877-565-8860 [US]
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) [US]