As first reported by Monica Roberts of TransGriot, Police found Berryman’s body of early Monday morning after initial reports of a shooting outside a motel in Wooddale East neighborhood. Berryman was pronounced dead at the scene after suffering multiple gunshot wounds.
Baton Rouge police are still investigating Berryman’s death, and there are no suspects in the case at this time.
Initial reporting by local station WBRZ-2 misgendered her. As of this time, no correction has been issued by the station.
NeVaa White, a close friend of Berryman’s who spoke with Mic on Tuesday, said she had been out as transgender since at least 2009, and that she had a close community of friends who she often stood up for. “She made family with her peers in the LGBT community of Baton Rouge,” said White, while also indicating that Berryman had feared for her own safety. She “didn’t have a easy life,” and she “was taken away in the very manner she feared,” White also said.
Berryman is the 7th transgender person to be murdered in 2018.
Rest in power Amia Tyrae Berryman!