A vigil will be held at 6:30 p.m. on December 23 to remember the life of Yahira Nesby, a 33-year-old Black transgender woman who was found dead with gunshot wounds on December 19.
“Join our community for a vigil honoring the beautiful life of Yahira Nesby,” reads a flyer for the event.
The vigil, organized by the New York City Anti-Violence Project, will take place at Nesby’s former apartment building at 178 Rockaway Parkway in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn. It was at that building where emergency responders discovered Nesby’s body.
There are very few details surrounding the circumstsances of Nesby’s death. Authorities apprehended a man who had jumped from the back of the building, but no arrests were made and police told Gay City News on December 23 that the investigation remains ongoing.
Many of Nesby’s friends and loved ones took to social media following her death to express their sadness over the loss of a valued member of the local LGBTQ community.
Nesby is the 25th known transgender person to suffer a violent death this year, according to the Human Rights Campaign.