Family and friends remember India Clarke
Her mother says India Clarke’s personality was glowing. “She was always smiling never down always happy always,” said her mother Thelma.
India was killed. Her body was found Tuesday morning near the University Area Community Center in Tampa. Deputies are only saying she died of upper body trauma.
She is the 10th transgender woman to be killed in the U.S. this year.
Friday night a vigil for India was held in Downtown Tampa.
“The transgender community is alarmingly under siege we're subject to harassment bullying discrimination violence,” Gina Duncan with Equality Florida told FOX 13.
“We're here to say her lives matter and so do all the lives of trans people and all the people facing terrible violence,” said event organizer Gianna Love.
It’s estimated 1.7 to 3-percent of Florida’s population is transgender.
Organizers hope the community can at least learn from India’s death.
“I think we should be accepting and understand that we need to love people where they are and accept people where they're at in life however they may identify,” Love added.
Meanwhile deputies are still investigating the killing. A motive has yet to be determined.
“I know they are going to find whose responsible I prayed about it. Whoever is responsible will be brought to justice,” her mother hoped.