Ashton O'Hara ("Jessica Storm")Age 25
14 Jul 2015
Detroit, Michigan (USA)
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Ashton's body was found in a field. Six months later Larry B. Gaulding, 39, was sentenced to 30-60 years for voluntary manslaughter and 10 years for tampering with evidence.
Ashton was genderfluid and also went by the name Jessica Storm. Reportedly at the time of their murder Ashton was using the pronouns he/him, although Equality Michigan report that they were a transgender woman, albeit one still using male pronouns.
Ashton was celebrating his genderfluidity from a young age, telling his mother “Mama, you are so pretty, I want to be just like you when I grow up,” when he was small. He loved children, dancing and performing at clubs. He was also passionate about doing hair and even taught himself how to braid extensions at the age of four. His mother, Rebecca, said that he was so talented he could “turn a frog into a princess.” She also added that she hopes speaking out about his life and death might help someone.
"I know Ashton is with God, but every day is a challenge. I hope speaking about this might help save somebody – even just one person saved will be worth it. A lot of people find it hard to be themselves in this world, but Ashton was always uniquely him. It’s time for everyone to be respected."
Ashton's Facebook profile is https://www.facebook.com/ashton.ohara.9/.
TvT project: Equality Michigan 13.08.2015 & Pride Source 13.08.2015