R.I.P Phylicia Mitchell, Zakaria Fry and Eugene Carrell Ray.

Posted: February 28, 2018 in for your reflection, In Remembrance

Murdered in Cleveland Ohio.

We mourn the loss of Phylicia Mitchell, a Black transgender woman who was fatally shot in Cleveland on Friday.
Cleveland.com reports Mitchell, 45, was shot in the chest outside of her home at about 6 p.m. on February 23. According to police, investigators found her body on the living room floor. She was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Longtime partner Shane Mitchell told Cleveland.com that he met Mitchell some 30 years ago. Though they never married, Phylicia legally changed her name to take Mitchell’s last name and held a small celebration at a local church in May.

The couple met some 30 years ago, after Phylicia ran away from a “dysfunctional” family in Pittsburgh, according to Shane. While some of his friends did not approve of their relationship at first, he said that she won them over with her personality. “Everyone loved her,” he said. “My nieces and nephews opened up to her so much. She was just so funny and kind.”
The two split up shortly before her death, after he tried unsuccessfully to get her to quit doing drugs. But they remained close.
“I miss her tremendously,” he said. “That’s my soul mate. We went together everywhere. We did everything together. We always held hands on the bus. Years ago people didn’t respect that, but they do now.” “I just want justice for what’s happened, because it hurts,” he said.

Last year saw a record number of transgender murders, and this year is already proving to be equally deadly. 5 women dead this year and its only February.

Zakaria Fry

Police have confirmed that one of two bodies found outside of Santa Fe last week was that of transgender woman Zakaria Fry, who was reported missing from Albuquerque, along with roommate Eugene Carrell Ray, back in mid-January. Ray’s body was the other one recovered at the scene. One of the bodies was stuffed inside a trash can and discovered by a rancher. The other was found by another person about two miles up the same road. Fry, 28, was renting a room from Ray, 70. Ray’s family alerted police after they found his home in “disarray” on January 29, the Albuquerque Journal reports. Officials say the investigation into their deaths is open and anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers at 505-843-STOP.

Eugene Carrell Ray

In a news conference Wednesda evening, officer Simon Drobik, an Albuquerque Police Department spokesman, announced they believe the cases are connected and they are looking for a man seen driving Ray’s silver Mustang. The man was spotted on surveillance video while shopping at several Walmarts in northeast Albuquerque in the days following the roommates’ disappearance. Police released those videos and still photos of the man in the hopes of identifying him. “It’s highly suspect that he ended up in a missing person’s car,” Drobik said. Ray’s car was found beside Interstate 40, near Easterday and Lomas NE, a week after the two were last seen.

The photo below is of the man seen driving Mr. Ray’s car. If you see him please use the Tip line below.

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Tips
Police ask anyone with information about the case to call Crime Stoppers at 843-STOP, text a tip to “274637,” or visit their website at crimestoppersnm.com.

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