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Ashley was shot outside her apartment building after running outside crying for help from neighbours.
Black transgender woman Ashley Burton, a 37-year-old hairstylist and makeup artist in Atlanta, was shot to death at her apartment complex last week.
Burton’s body was found shortly after 4:30 a.m. April 11 in the breezeway of her building, according to local media. Police and her loved ones say she likely knew her killer.
“She ran out of the house, hollering and screaming, beating on doors,” her cousin Ivory Carter told Atlanta TV station WXIA. “This got to be personal. You shot her in her house, then you followed her outside and shot her.”
Burton and Carter grew up together in South Carolina. “She was a sweetheart,” Carter said. “She wasn’t nasty. She wasn’t disrespectful. She just wanted to live her life.”
Carter added, “I’m tired of all these incidents with transgender women just being pushed up under the rug. We are human beings.”
Patrick Burton, the victim’s brother, told Atlanta station WAGA that “Ashley was very loved all the way across the board, like from South Carolina to Atlanta.”
On 5th June 2023 police announced that they had arrested Darrius Mills, 31, in connection with the shooting.