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Chicago Trans Activist Elise Malary Found Dead on Lakeshore

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Chicago Sun-Times reports. Her family had reported her missing March 11 after last hearing from her March 9. Her car was found in a parking lot a few days later, and her apartment was unlocked, but nothing was missing.An autopsy was performed Friday, but the medical examiner’s office has not announced a cause of death.

Police said they do not suspect foul play, however.Malary, 31, is being remembered as a dedicated activist. She had worked in the civil rights bureau of the Illinois attorney general’s office but quit the job March 8, according to local media reports.“Elise was a valued member of our Civil Rights Bureau who, as a tireless advocate for the LGBTQ community, was passionate about her work,” Attorney General Kwame Raoul said in a statement Saturday night. “Her kindness and infectious smile will be missed by those who worked with her.

The Attorney General’s office has lost a member of our family, and as an office, we are heartbroken.”Gov. J.B. Pritzker likewise memorialized Malary, tweeting, “The loss of Elise Malary is heartbreaking.

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