LGBTQ community remembers victims at vigil

Memorial held at A. Phillip Randolph Park

By Destiny McKeiver - Multi-media journalist

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Members of the LGBTQ community remembered loved ones during a vigil Saturday.

An organization called “Stiletto Sisters Society” held the memorial at A. Phillip Randolph Park.

Antasha English, Celine Walker and Cathalina James are three transgender women who were murdered in Jacksonville this year.

Jessie Sumlar, a gay man, was murdered, too.

The Stiletto Sisters Society remembered their lives.

“We are rallying behind the theme that all lives matter, not just black, not just trans,” said Chloie  Kensington of the Stiletto Sisters Society. “We’re not just memorializing friends we knew here in the community. We are taking stock and putting value on all lives.”

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office has released sketches and photos of possible suspects in the murders. Loved ones hope potential arrests would bring closure.

“It will begin the healing process,” Kensington said. “I can’t tell you if I would have closure until that moment and I definitely can’t speak on behalf of a parent who has lost their child or a brother who lost their sibling. What I can say is, as a friend and activist and a human being, we want to start healing in this community.”

The Stiletto Sisters have created a GoFundMe page to help with events like Saturday's. Anyone who would like to donate can click here.

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