TDoR 2022 / 2021 / November / 04 / Marquiisha Lawrence

Marquiisha Lawrence

Age 28

4 Nov 2021
Greenville, South Carolina (USA)

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Marquiisha Lawrence
Marquiisha Lawrence [photo:]

Marquiisha was shot in her home, possibly following an altercation with "one or more individuals".

28-year-old Black trans woman Marquiisha Lawrence of Greenville, South Carolina is the most recently reported victim of fatal violence terrorizing the trans, non-binary, and gender nonconforming community in the United States. She died in her family home on Friday, November 5 where family members discovered her body at approximately 4:45 PM. Police reports indicate that she had multiple gunshot wounds. An autopsy was scheduled for the weekend.

“Marquiisha Lawrence was found dead inside her residence located at 15 Loop Street in Greenville by family members. It appears that she was involved in an altercation with one or more individuals.”

Marquiisha grew up in South Carolina where she graduated high school and studied cosmetology in nearby Spartanburg. She supported herself by working as a cook, a residential aid, and as a dancer. Marquiisha’s family held a balloon release for her on Sunday. Final arrangements are pending. As is the investigation.

Marquiisha is the forty-fifth trans, nonbinary or gender nonconforming person reported killed in 2021. Forty of these neighbors have been BIPOC. 30 of these victims were under the age of 30. That we know of, as many deaths go unreported or unacknowledged. 2021 is now the most violent year on record for our trans neighbors in the United States, surpassing the previous total of 44 deaths in 2020.

Dacorey Dashawn Massey, 17, was subsequently charged with her murder.

Marquiisha's Facebook profile is

Report added: 10 Nov 2021. Last updated: 8 Nov 2022

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