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Riah Milton

Age 25

9 Jun 2020
Liberty Township, Cincinnati, Ohio (USA)

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Riah Milton
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Riah was shot multiple times during a premeditated robbery. Nearly all police and news reports about her murder misgendered and deadnamed her.

A black trans woman was shot dead during a robbery in Cincinnati, and almost every news outlet reporting on her death has misgendered her.

Riah Milton’s body was discovered on Tuesday morning (June 9) in Liberty Township, Cincinnati.

Investigators found that the 25-year-old trans woman had died of multiple gunshot wounds after Kaleb Marshall Tooson, 18, Tyree Jeffery Cross, 25, and a 14-year-old girl “lured” her to Liberty Township to rob her of her vehicle.

Tooson has been arrested and charged with murder and aggravated robbery, while the 14-year-old, whose name has been withheld, is in custody and has been charged with with complicity to aggravated robbery, complicity to murder and tampering with evidence.

A warrant is out for Cross’s arrest, and he is wanted for complicity to murder, complicity to aggravated robbery and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

Riah’s sister Ariel posted about her sister's death on Twitter, and about the way the authorities and media misgendered and deadnamed Riah.

"Currently the only words I can use to describe the past three to four days since finding out about the murder of my sister, Riah, has been just completely heartbreaking and has left me emotionally and mentally tired.

“When I initially made the tweet about my sister, my one and only concern was to just make sure that my sister was celebrated and remembered in death like she was in life.

“When I first read the FOX 19 news story on Riah’s death, I was angry and upset in a way that I couldn’t explain.

“Seeing the news completely deadname and misgender my sister was like seeing someone just wipe her existence clean away.”

In December 2021 Tooson and Cross were both sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.

BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (WKRC) - One of three people involved in the shooting and killing of a transgender woman in Butler County was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years to life in prison.

Kaleb Tooson pleaded guilty last month to one count of murder. In exchange, charges of felonious assault, aggravated robbery and grand theft were dropped.

Tooson, Tyree Cross, and a teenage girl lured a 25-year-old transgender woman to a Liberty Township park in June 2020. They tried to steal her car and money and assaulted her. Investigators had determined Tooson is the one who actually shot Milton. He also accidentally shot himself during the crime.

Cross pleaded guilty and was also sentenced to 15 years to life.

Report added: 23 Jun 2020. Last updated: 8 Oct 2022

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