Detroit pastor Albert Weathers was charged with open murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. He reportedly shot and killed Kelly Stough, a 36 year-old transgender woman. Now there are reports the pastor frequented transgender sex workers.
New testimony from Kyra Butts, a self-identified transgender sex worker who was friends with Stough, “testified she’s seen Weathers frequent the area around Six Mile and Woodward – an area known for its high population of sex workers – as far back as 2008,” according to Pride Source. Butts alleges she went on several dates with Weathers and said, “He was one of the guys that I hooked up with. He would drive around a lot before he would pick someone up.”
Butts claims to have “stopped going on dates due to Weathers’ ‘intimidating’ and ‘aggressive’ attitude.” She also said the pastor would change the fee. The last time she was Weathers was a week before Stough was killed.
Pride Source also reports, “The court also heard testimony from Eddie Neal-Price, a passerby who said he witnessed a woman – believed to be Stough – shoved out of a car on Dec. 7, 2018, in the area of Six Mile and Brush. Neal-Price called 911 to report the incident before driving off.” It is believed Stough was killed due to payment for a sex work transition, according to authorities. Dec. 7 is the day Stough was killed.
On Dec. 14, Jessica Williams-Stough, Kelly’s mother, spoke out on Sirius XM’s “The Clay Cane Show,” she pleaded for people to see transgender people as human. “[R]espect people, one another because you are LGBTQ does not mean that these individuals are throwaways or that no one cares about them. They are people who are loved. They have mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers – they are not these people that nobody wants and they shouldn’t be treated as such. Just leave the fear alone, there’s nothing wrong with them… Just respect them, they are people, reach out, talk, have a conversation, have a dialogue. Get an understanding first before you to start to judge and be mean. It’s not necessary.”
Listen to the clip below:
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.”
Rest in peace, Kelly Stough.