Denali Berries Stuckey was found fatally shot along a North Charleston roadway Saturday by police responding to a report of a pedestrian possibly struck by a car, CBS affiliate WCSC reported.
Denali Stuckey age 29, according to the Charleston County Coroner’s office, died at the scene from a gunshot wound.
Charleston News 2 reports that her friends and family set up a memorial at the spot where she was found on Carner Avenue in North Charleston. Her family is also accepting donations for funeral expenses.
“She was always a nurturing person. A very sweet person. Any anniversary, any birthday, event, anything representing or celebrating you, she was always there,” friend Mercdeas Arline said. “I feel some type of way because I know she’s not going to be here no more, and I won’t be able to hear her laugh. And, she had this distinctive laugh that I swear keeps playing in my head.”
Monical Roberts pointed out at Transgirot local media originally reported her murder using her deadname and misgendering her even in articles a sentence later correctly and respectfully identified her.
The city and police later responded to initial reports misgendering and deadnaming Denali Berries Stuckley in statements.
Denali Berries Stuckley is the 21st person in the USA and the 198th transgender person murdered worldwide since the 2018 TDOR according to tdor.translivesmatter.info
North Charleston PD is investigating her murder as a possible hate crime. As of this writing, NCPD has no suspects or persons of interest in the case. If you have any information that will lead to an arrest and conviction, please call NCPD Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111 or the NCPD Tip line at 843-607-2076