Dime Doe killed in Allendale, 18th trans person killed in US in 2019

by jovan1984

Allendale — Think about this the next time you make cruel and bigoted remarks towards transgender people.

A 24-year-old transgender woman was killed on Concord Church Road near Allendale on Sunday, August 4.

“They have hurt us in the worst way, the very worst way,” Ernest “Dime” Doe Jr.’s aunt, Rhonda Doe, told WJBF-DT NewsChannel 6’s Shawn Cabbagestalk.

Friends and family say that Dime Doe’s body was found inside a vehicle in a driveway. That is about all the details that have been released about Ms. Doe’s death.

Aiken Area Progressive usually does not identify victims of murder, but to raise awareness of violence against transgender people, we made the decision to identify the victim here.

“He always been a friendly person to everyone. He’s the joy of anyone’s life,” said Barbara Kolberg.

“To him, family was most important, family meant the world to him, both sides. The family was his life,” added Rhonda Doe.

“I’m just wondering why the investigation is taking such a slow process with giving [Dime’s mother] information that other sources are getting that we are seeing on Facebook or other websites that have articles and stuff about him that I’m just not fond of.”

Ms. Doe is at least the 18th transgender person to have been slain in 2019 in the US, the first in the Central Savannah River Area and the second in South Carolina.

The Alliance for Full Acceptance (AFFA) released this statement about Ms. Doe’s death:

I’m devastated by the news of Dime Doe’s murder in Allendale County. While our community is still reeling from the murder of one of our transgender sisters in North Charleston just two weeks ago, we now learn that a second black trans woman has been murdered not even one hundred miles away. We are sounding the alarm— We are in an absolute state of emergency for black transgender women.

While the motives of Dime’s murder aren’t yet known, we do know that often, the crimes against trans women of color are fueled by anti-LGBTQ prejudice, racism and misogyny. Black trans women live at the intersection of multiple marginalized identities, are too often treated as disposable, and are experiencing epidemic levels of violence. We are at a crisis point that demands the nation’s attention. At this moment, there is no sense of peace or security for our transgender community— and there won’t be until their lives are truly respected and valued by society.

Today, we stand in solidarity with Dime’s family and friends. We lift up her name as she would have wanted to be remembered and we call out for justice for Dime and for all of the black trans women who are known to have been killed in South Carolina since 2018: Sasha Wall, Regina Denise Brown, Denali Berries Stuckey, and LaDime Doe.

If you have any information about Ms. Doe’s death, call the Allendale County Sheriff’s Office at 803-584-2361. You can also call your local law enforcement agency.

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