Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

Funds raised to help family of SF trans stabbing victim

Stabbing victim Taja DeJesus. Photo: Michelle Cornwell

Stabbing victim Taja DeJesus. Photo: Michelle Cornwell

Fundraising efforts are underway to help the family of Taja DeJesus, 36, the transgender woman who died in February after being stabbed in San Francisco’s Bayview district.

An Indiegogo campaign has a goal of providing $10,000 to help DeJesus’ family pay costs associated with her death. So far, just over $5,000 has been raised. The effort, a collaboration of San Francisco’s Trans March and other groups, started February 9 and ends March 11.

“Taja was a beautiful soul who was unapologetically unafraid to always be herself,” campaign backers said on their website. “She had an infectious energy that, combined with her sweet nature, made her a delight to everyone whose path she crossed.”

The campaign’s backers added that if they raise more than $10,000, the extra money would go toward a fund to assist with costs related to the deaths of other trans women of color.

“We hate that we know this fund will be necessary, but, unfortunately, we know it will be,” the backers said.

Citing unnamed police sources, SF Weekly reported days after DeJesus’ death that the man suspected of killing her had hanged himself. The medical examiner’s office has identified the man as James Hayes, 49, a “Bay Area resident.”

Officer Grace Gatpandan, a police spokeswoman, said today (Friday, March 6) that she couldn’t confirm whether Hayes was the man suspected of killing DeJesus, since evidence in the case is still being tested. The investigation into DeJesus’ death, which police are not considering a hate crime, remains active.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, March 6, 2015 @ 6:09 pm PST
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