Albert Weathers, a 46-year-old pastor at the Logos Baptist Church in Detroit, has been accused with open murder and use of a firearm in connection to the murder of 36-year-old trans woman Kelly Stough, according to People. Slough's body was found on Friday.
Stough's gender identity was a factor in the murder, authorities say, but will not elaborate until the hearing. Regardless, according to a local news station, Weathers shot and killed Ms. Stough, fled the scene and proceeded to clock in at his other job at Great Lakes Water Authority, and then called the police an hour later after the murder to say that someone tried to rob him and that he had shot someone. After an investigation, however, the police arrested Weathers and had his bail set at $1 million.
A probable cause conference regarding the murder will be held on December 20.
Stough was an aspiring fashion designer who was unashamed of being transgender, despite the discrimination she faced. Her loved ones said that "her laugh and her smile could brighten up a room " and that she was a "loving, caring person."
It is becoming clearer by the day that there is an obvious epidemic of violence, whether mild or extreme, against LGBTQ people and people of color, and that there is an overlapping between the two, as trans women of color are disproportionately affected by such violence. Only by educating people on LGBTQ issues and identities and the concept of race can we be sure that this type of violence decreases or gets eradicated completely.