City Issues Statements on Apprehension of Michelle “Tamika” Washington’s Killer

PHILADELPHIA — On Monday, May 20, 2019 the man accused of killing Michelle “Tamika” Washington was arrested by the Philadelphia Police Department Homicide Division and charged with Murder, along with additional crimes. Washington was shot multiple times and later succumbed to her injuries at the hospital in the early morning hours of Sunday, May 19. Washington—a black, transgender woman—was a longtime advocate for the Philadelphia transgender community. Mayor Kenney and Amber Hikes, Executive Director of Philadelphia’s Office of LGBT Affairs, released the following statements:

Mayor Jim Kenney

“I join Philadelphia’s LGBTQ community in mourning the loss of Michelle ‘Tamika’ Washington. Tragically, violence continues to disproportionately impact our transgender siblings, especially trans people of color. We must speak up when these acts strike our communities and demand an end to the violence and discrimination our transgender siblings face. I want to thank the Philadelphia Police Department for their swift action in this case, and for bringing some small comfort to Tamika’s loved ones. The City of Philadelphia stands with Tamika’s friends and family, and all members of the LGBTQ community, during this difficult time. We will continue to ‘Say Her Name’ as we work towards a safer Philadelphia for all our residents.”

Amber Hikes, Executive Director of Philadelphia’s Office of LGBT Affairs

“Tamika’s death has devastated our community. As Tamika’s loved ones and LGBTQ Philadelphians mourn her loss, our Office continues to stand in solidarity with trans women of color—who throughout history have fought for our rights, protected our communities, given us shelter, and reminded us of the incredible power of our identities. We want to extend our thanks to the members of the Philadelphia Police Department who worked diligently to identify and arrest a dangerous offender. While her bright light and presence in the LGBTQ community cannot be replaced, we find comfort in knowing that we are one step closer to justice for Tamika.”