Jenny De LeonAge 25 (born 8 Dec 1995)
2 Nov 2021
Tampa, Florida (USA)
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Jenny was found dead on the morning of Tuesday 2nd November and her death is being treated as homicide. She was homeless and was being supported by PFLAG Tampa.
The death of Jenny De Leon, a 25-year-old Guatemalan trans woman, marks the 46th violent death of a trans person in America reported thus far in 2021, continuing an anti-trans violence epidemic that has already been declared the worst year on record.
Police found De Leon’s body outside of a house in the Sulphur Springs neighborhood in Tampa, Florida on November 2 before 6 a.m., according to local Fox affiliate Fox 13. Little else is known about her death at this time, but the Tampa Police Department noted in a Facebook post that De Leon was experiencing homelessness.
De Leon was able to find placement in a home through two members of PFLAG Tampa, a local chapter of a national LGBTQ+ organization, according to a statement released November 10 on the chapter’s Facebook page. The organization also wrote that it was “devastated” to hear of De Leon’s murder, and that she had attended chapter meetings seeking support at the outset of her transition.
“Jenny was an enigmatic, bright soul with enough energy to fill any room,” the organization wrote.
In March 2022 Damien Marshall was charged with first degree murder. He also allegedly killed a cisgender woman named Linda Harris, 54, on 27th September.
TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Tampa police announced first-degree murder charges for a 40-year-old Tampa man in the deaths of two separate women from 2021.
Police said Damien Marshall was named as a person of interest in both homicides using surveillance, DNA, and other techniques. He was originally arrested on Nov. 16 for failure to register as a sex offender, which he is still in jail for. The murder charges were added following an investigation.
The first victim, identified as Linda Harris, was found dead by construction workers in a home set for demolition on East Sligh Avenue on Sept. 27. She suffered from upper-body trauma and her death was eventually ruled a homicide.
The next victim, a 25-year-old homeless woman identified as just “Jenny”, was found by police on Nov. 2 after they were called to the area of 9th Street and Fairbanks Avenue in Sulfur Springs.