Transgender woman fatally shot in Jacksonville

By : Layla Ferris
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. | Antash’a English, a 38-year-old transgender woman, was fatally shot in Jacksonville, Fla. June 1 making her the 12th trans murder victim in the U.S. this year.

English was found between two abandoned homes just before 4:00 a.m., a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office police report states. English was alive at the scene but later died at the hospital due to her injuries.

According to English, someone in a gray car and wearing a gray hoodie shot her multiple times before driving away.

English is the second trans woman to be murdered in Jacksonville this year. In February, 36-year-old Celine Walker was fatally shot in a hotel room. Investigators are still looking for a suspect in her death.

JASMYN, a Jacksonville LGBTQ youth support organization, along with friends and family members of English held a memorial benefit in Jacksonville June 7. The benefit included a candlelight vigil and show at InCahoots Nightclub where English was a regular performer. All proceeds from the benefit will be used to assist English’s family with burial expenses.

Anyone with information about the killing of English can contact the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office at 904-630-0500 or by email at

Additional reporting by Kathy Ruiz.

Image from Antash’a English’s Facebook page.

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