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Michelle Simone Washington ("Tamika")

Age 40

19 May 2019
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA)

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Michelle Simone Washington ("Tamika")
Michelle Simone Washington ("Tamika") [photo:]

Michelle was found with gunshot wounds in North Philadelphia just after 5am on Sunday 19th May. She died in hospital.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Police are investigating a deadly shooting in North Philadelphia Sunday.

It happened just after 5 a.m. on the 3400 block of North 11th Street.

Officials said a 40-year-old woman was shot in the head, body and buttocks.

The victim was transported to Temple University Hospital where she died a short time later.

Investigators said they found 3 shell casings at the scene.

Philadelphia LGBT officials were heartbroken over Washington’s death.

“I am devastated by the senseless murder of yet another one of our trans sisters. Tamika was a brilliant and outgoing member of Philadelphia’s transgender community, known for her advocacy and mentorship, and she will be profoundly missed. The epidemic of violence that continues to plague the transgender community—disproportionately impacting trans women of color— is heartbreaking, frightening, and infuriating,” said Amber Hikes, the executive director of Philadelphia’s Office of LGBT Affairs.

“The news of the murder and death of Michelle ‘Tamika’ Washington has hit so many in our community hard. More than a news story, she was a friend, a loved one, a beloved. The Mayor’s Commission on LGBT Affairs offers our solidarity, our commitment to #SayHerName, and a commitment to ending the plague of anti-black, anti-trans, and queerphobic violence that plagues not just our nation, but our own local community. Our community is nothing without black trans women, and we will mourn the loss of Michelle ‘Tamika’ Washington today and in the years to come. We pledge to not let her loss be in vain, and to stand with those who both endure and combat this violence on a daily basis,” said Raquel Evita Saraswati, chair of Mayor Jim Kenney’s Commission on LGBT Affairs.

In July 2021 Troy Bailey, 28 was sentenced to 25-50 years in prison for her murder - a crime for which he showed absolutely no remorse.

Crystal Davis thought she would feel relieved when the man convicted of killing her sister was sentenced.

But 28-year-old Troy Bailey didn’t show any remorse, Davis said, about the death of Michelle “Tameka” Washington, a transgender woman and local LGBTQ advocate who was fatally shot more than two years ago in North Philadelphia.

“Every day I can’t call her and talk to her, I’m hurting on the inside,” Davis said. “She was my rock, and I don’t have that. He took that away for something that was so stupid, and I could never forgive him for that.”

Bailey was sentenced to 25-to-50 years in state prison Thursday after being convicted in May of third-degree murder and weapons violations.

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Report added: 27 May 2019. Last updated: 8 Oct 2022

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