Transgender women of color are disproportionately the victims of fatal violence. According to the ACLU, “One in four transgender people have been assaulted because they are trans. The majority of deadly attacks against transgender people are against women of color.”
Tragically, another transgender woman has been murdered, and a Detroit pastor has been charged.
According to WXYZ, “Albert Weathers, a local pastor, has been charged with open murder and felony firearm (use of a firearm in commission of a felony).” In addition, “Investigators won’t reveal a motive or other details surrounding the murder, but a source told 7 Action News that after the shooting, Weathers fled the scene, clocked in at work at the Great Lakes Water Authority, and then called police an hour after the shooting to say that someone tried to rob him and that he shot someone.”
The victim was 36-year-old Kelly Stough. Her mother, Jessica Williams-Stough, told WXYZ, “She was loved. She had a lot of people who loved her. She just wasn’t nobody.” She was killed the morning of Dec. 7.
See photos of Kelly below:
Albert Weathers’ bond has been set at $1 million. His defense attorney told WXYZ that “his client maintains his innocence and they will vigorously defend against the charges.” The attorney also called the $1 million bond “outrageous.” Weathers is no longer employed at Great Lakes Water Authority.
Fair Michigan Justice Project (FMJP), who represents the Stough family, said, “This case reflects the excessive brutality that members of Detroit’s transgender community constantly face. We thank the Detroit Police Department for their efforts to investigate the facts of this tragic crime.”
Rest in peace, Kelly Stough.