Rikkey Outumuro ("Tru Starlet")Age 39
31 Oct 2021
Centralia, Washington (USA)
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Rikkey was shot at least 5 times by her 28-year-old boyfriend. Her body was found on their sofa next to their 6-year old son, who survived the attack.
Her name was Rikkey Outumuro, also known by her stage name Tru Starlet. Rikkey was a 39-year-old Latina transgender woman and performer. She was fatally shot in Centralia, Washington, on the night of Oct. 30 or the morning of Oct. 31, 2021.
Rikkey was killed by her 28-year-old boyfriend who shot her at least five times and left her body on their sofa, next to their six-year-old son. The killer is in jail without bail, charged with first degree murder and other charges. He has a history of gun violations. Their son is with Rikkey’s family.
Rikkey died due to domestic violence, a scourge that often is overlooked in the LGBTQ community. According to HRC:
Tragically, interpersonal violence accounts for a significant number of fatalities against transgender and gender non-conforming people. In 2020, approximately seven in ten transgender and gender non-conforming people killed as a result of fatal violence were killed by an acquaintance, friend, family member or intimate partner. Unfortunately, the relationship of the victim to the killer is still unknown for close to one-third (30%) of all known cases. This means that anywhere from 44% to 74% of victims since 2013 were violently killed by someone they knew, including intimate partners, family members, friends, peers and acquaintances.
Rikkey’s friends and loved ones are sharing their fond memories across social media. She is remembered as an active and ardent member of the queer community, a frequent performer at local Pride events, and a vibrant friend.
She was always profoundly herself and a brilliant light for countless loved ones and folx in Centralia and Olympia, WA.
A vigil for Rikkey took place on 5th November in Pine Street Plaza.
The local LGBTQIA+ community is mourning Rikkey Outumuro, who was killed in Centralia this weekend.
Outumuro was a former Miss Gay Lewis County and was an active member of the Lewis County LGBTQIA+ community, performing at Pride events under the name Tru Starlet.
When she was crowned the first Miss Gay Lewis County in 2008, she told The Chronicle, “I think my job is to represent the gay community to Lewis County, and show people that we are real, and we are here, and more out than ever.”
She recently performed at Olympia’s pride festival hosted by Capital City Pride in June. “It was a blessing to have her brighten up our stage,” said Capital City Pride in a Facebook post.
Capital City Pride has started a fundraiser on Facebook to aid Outumuro’s family with funeral expenses.
For more information or to donate, visit www.facebook.com/donate/2961499287433080/.