TDoR 2021 / 2020 / October / 07 / Brooklyn DeShauna Smith

Brooklyn DeShauna Smith

Age 20

7 Oct 2020
Shreveport, Louisiana (USA)

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Brooklyn DeShauna Smith
Brooklyn DeShauna Smith [photo:]

Brooklyn's body was found in her apartment.

It has happened again.

On Wednesday, October 7, 2020, the body of Brooklyn DeShauna Smith was discovered at 2:15 in the afternoon in a Shreveport, Louisiana apartment complex [at the 7200 block of Bernstein Avenue]. Cause of death was gun shot. Brooklyn was a 20-year-old Black trans woman.

Brooklyn was born and raised in Shreveport. She studied cosmetology at Bossier Parish Community College and had worked as a call center agent. Her social media was full of positivity, good humor, and family support – the typical content you expect from a 20-year-old young woman. She was vibrant and eager to embrace what the world had to offer.

Brook had turned 20 on September 20, 2020. She celebrated with loved ones. Then this – shot and left to die.

Brooklyn or Brook as she was known is the 32nd trans and gender nonconforming person murdered to date in 2020 in the United States. She is the 21st Black trans person and the 20th Black trans woman murdered. She is the 5th person from Louisiana, all of whom were Black trans women. She is one of 12 victims age 25 or younger and one of the four youngest total – Yampi Mendez Arocho was 19, Helle Jae O’Regan was also 20, and Brayla Stone was just 17.

Brooklyn's Facebook profile is

Report added: 23 Oct 2020. Last updated: 12 Nov 2021

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