Dominique Fells Philadelphia death: On June 9, 2020, dismembered body of beloved trans woman Dominique Fells was found on the banks of the Schuylkill River, along the 3500 block of Schuylkill Avenue in the Bartram’s Gardens area just before 7 p.m.
According to Philadelphia police, the transwoman was found face down and had both legs severed.
She was pulled from the river, reports say, dismembered with trauma to the face and head, legs severed mid thigh.
Her death has devastated loved ones and community who are calling for justice.
Authorities spent the next couple of days after Dominique Fells was found deceased trying to positively ID the victim.
Reports say her death has been ruled a murder and is being rigorously investigated.
Dominique Fells Philadelphia death: Community calls for justice
Our hearts break for the grieving family, friends and loved ones and we urge that their privacy please be respected.
Please say a prayer as you read the tributes below confirming Dominique Fells death.
To my LGBQ and especially Trans communities there is horrible news here in Philadelphia again.
Tuesday a dismembered body was pulled from the river trauma to the face and head, legs severed mid thigh. Authorities spent the next couple of days trying to positively ID the victim. Information was not released immediately in order to notify the family and loved ones.
It has been ruled a murder and is being rigorously investigated. The victim is a black transwoman Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells.
Community we need to come together and keep our focus on yet another black transwoman murdered.
A reminder that 2 more black trans women, Dominique Fells and Riah Milton, were murdered this week. Black trans man Tony McDade was murdered by cops 2 weeks ago. As we march and protest, let’s please remember that trans women of color have a life expectancy of only 35 years.
The same community that kicked off Stonewall and founded the modern queer liberation movement, yet also the community that is still most likely to be left behind. So let’s fight for free housing, free healthcare, free education, the abolition of police, and ensure that at every step we are making room for and centering the voices of trans women of color.
On the banks of the Schuylkill River this past Tuesday morning, the body of Dominique Fells was found. She had been killed, brutally murdered, and abandoned.
I have been asked over the last 18 years, and especially recently, how I can wear a badge with any sense of pride. Someone I barely know attacked my wife, then me, through social media, calling me a maggot and telling me to get a real job….all from his comfortable suburban home.
Here’s the thing…..When I was young, my mother told me that “God helps those who help themselves”, and it didn’t sit right with me. I thought “Who will help those who can’t help themselves? The poor, the downtrodden, the powerless, the marginalized?” The answer….me. I used to say to myself “God helps those who help themselves, and I’ll help those who can’t.”
So when you take a moment tonight, in your warm bed or your place of comfort, before you close your eyes to sleep….say her name. Remind yourself that there are women like her who were killed for who they are. Killed for simply existing. There are people who hate her, and me, for the crime of living our lives. And….know that as long as I have breath in my lungs and a badge on my chest, I will stand for her, and for all who need me.
Dominique “Rem’mie“ Fells.
Say her name.
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