Diamond Jackson Obituary, Death – On Thanksgiving Day, November 24, transgender woman Shahere “Diamond” Jackson-McDonald was found shot to death in Philadelphia. Jackson-McDonald, 27, was discovered at her mother’s apartment in Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood, according to an NBC affiliate. She was shot multiple times and died on the spot. Nobody appeared to have forced their way into the apartment.

According to the station, “we are here today to honor a promising life that was violently ended by a person or persons that Philadelphia Police and our office are working tirelessly to bring to justice, so that they can be held accountable for this crime and are not able to cause any further harm to others.” “We’ve arrived to meet Diamond Jackson-McDonald.” “I just want the world to know that Diamond was my rock, my shoulder, my child who I love with everything I have left to give,” Jackson’s mother, Linda Jackson of McDonald’s, said at a press conference. “Whoever you are, you stole my diamond, my gem, from someone who was all about her family and friends.” You broke many people’s hearts, and we will not rest until justice is served. I’m not going to sleep until you’re caught. You don’t have to answer to me right now, but you must to God. “You get what you put in.”

According to the Philly Voice, Celena Morrison, executive director of Philadelphia’s Office of LGBT Affairs, said, “It is devastating and heart-wrenching as we mourn the loss of yet another member of our LGBTQ family, Shahere ‘Diamond’ Jackson-McDonald.” “In this country, violence against transgender people, particularly our trans siblings of color, is still prevalent and unacceptable.” My office is dedicated to ensuring that acts of discrimination, bigotry, and hatred are never tolerated in Philadelphia, and we will not back down until we are all safe and treated with dignity and respect.”

“Diamond was a beautiful gem who should still be with us today,” said Tori Cooper, director of community engagement for the Human Rights Campaign’s Transgender Justice Initiative. We are all mourning with her family and friends, as well as allies and members of the community. Diamond’s life was important. We stand in solidarity with Diamond’s family and call for her justice. Stigma and hatred fuel the epidemic of violence against Black transgender women. All for the sake of moving on with our lives. We must all hold those in our lives accountable for their words because hate ideologies do lead to violence. It must come to a close.”

According to Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents, other tragedies have befallen the Jackson-family McDonald’s. Last January, a fire in an apartment killed twelve relatives: nine children and three adults. Her brother died in August. Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells, another Black trans woman killed by violence in Philadelphia in 2020, was her friend. According to Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents, “Diamond’s social media is filled with photos of her family and acknowledgement of their impact on her life.” “She cried over her losses, rejoiced over her nieces and nephews, and poured her heart into all of those relationships.” “She was assertive, outgoing, and determined. She deserved better than what we gave her, and we are all responsible for that.”

Anyone with information about the McDonald’s shooting in Jackson is asked to call 911 or leave a tip at (215) 686-TIPS (8477). It is possible to leave tips anonymously. Jackson-McDonald is the 37th transgender, nonbinary, or gender nonconforming person to be killed in the United States this year. This number includes a trans man and trans woman killed in the November 19 shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs, as well as a trans woman whose name has not been released who was killed last month in Vallejo, California. That figure is almost certainly an underestimate because many of these deaths go unreported or are misreported, with victims given incorrect names and genders. There were 57 confirmed violent deaths among this population in the country last year.