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Black Trans Woman Disaya Monaee Fatally Shot in Chicago Suburb

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Higgins Family Funeral Home lists a D'isaya Smith who died September 6 and gives her age as 27, while HRC lists her as 32. Her death was first reported by Beverly Ross on Instagram.But organizations are united in mourning the death of yet another Black trans woman. “We mourn the loss of Disaya Monaee Smith,” NBJC Deputy Executive Director Victoria Kirby York said in a press release. “2021 is on track to be the deadliest year on record for transgender and nonbinary people — and in Chicago, Disaya Monaee Smith’s killing marks the fourth transgender person to be murdered in the Chicago region this year alone.

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