Air­port work­ers’ union hosted memo­ri­als

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Col­lege Park, Ge­or­gia, po­lice con­tinue to in­ves­ti­gate the death of Tee Tee Danger­field, 32, an At­lanta trans­gen­der woman mur­dered on July 31.

On Aug. 14, po­lice re­leased sur­veil­lance videos show­ing Danger­field en­ter­ing the 50 Yard Line sports bar just af­ter 1 a.m. on July 31, where she was meet­ing a friend for drinks. A sec­ond video shows her leav­ing alone just af­ter 3 a.m. Just 90 min­utes later, Danger­field was found shot in her car, five miles away at the South Hamp­ton Es­tates apart­ment com­plex. She had mul­ti­ple gun­shot wounds.

Ma­jor Lance Pat­ter­son told Ge­or­gia Voice that Col­lege Park Fire Res­cue took Danger­field to Grady Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal, where she suc­cumbed to her in­juries.

Po­lice con­tinue to seek a mo­tive in the mur­der and haven’t ruled out that it had to do with Danger­field’s gen­der iden­tity. There are no sus­pects at this time.

“De­tec­tives are out there right now fol­low­ing up on leads that have been com­ing in since then,” Pat­ter­son said.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred just two days af­ter the Trans­gen­der Equal­ity March in Mid­town, which fol­lowed Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s July 26 tweets ef­fec­tively bar­ring trans ser­vice mem­bers from serv­ing in the US mil­i­tary. Danger­field re­port­edly par­tic­i­pated in that march.

Danger­field was the 16th known trans­gen­der per­son killed so far in the US this year. The ma­jor­ity of these vic­tims were women of color, as Danger­field was. She was the sec­ond Ge­or­gia transwoman to be mur­dered in barely a month: 17-year-old Ava Le’Ray Bar­rin, also of At­lanta, was mur­dered in Athens dur­ing an ar­gu­ment with an­other transwoman, who has since been charged with the crime.

Au­gust 18, 2017

UNITE HERE Lo­cal 23, the union Danger­field was a mem­ber of, hosted a memo­rial at Harts­field-Jack­son At­lanta In­ter­na­tional Air­port on Aug. 11. Danger­field was a server at the air­port.

“We are hor­ri­fied and sad­dened [at] the un­con­scionable killing of our sis­ter Tee Tee. While we mourn a vi­brant life taken much too soon, we are also an­gry. An­gry that trans­pho­bia and hate con­tinue to fes­ter in the United States, where all in­di­vid­u­als have the right to live as whomever they are,” the union’s event page reads. “We will honor Tee Tee’s mem­ory by up­lift­ing the voices of our trans com­mu­ni­ties, fight­ing for ba­sic lib­er­ties for our union mem­bers across the coun­try and by stand­ing shoul­der-to-shoul­der with those work­ing to en­sure that there will never be an­other sense­less killing.”

Lo­cal 23 was founded in 2009 and rep­re­sents ap­prox­i­mately 4,000 air­port work­ers in 10 cities na­tion­wide. Since then, the or­ga­ni­za­tion grew to nearly 16,000 mem­bers, in­clud­ing food ser­vice work­ers at uni­ver­si­ties and museums, air­port con­ces­sions, ho­tel and park­ing at­ten­dants. The union is a branch of the na­tional UNITE HERE, which started in 2004 as the union of work­ers in North Amer­ica’s ho­tel gam­ing, restau­rant, food ser­vice, laun­dry and tex­tile in­dus­tries, ac-

A sec­ond memo­rial took place on Aug. 12, or­ga­nized by Lo­cal 23, Solutions Not Pun­ish­ment Coali­tion, At­lanta Jobs with Jus­tice and South­ern­ers On New Ground.

“She was beloved in the At­lanta com­mu­nity, friend to many of our mem­bers and a beau­ti­ful per­son grounded in spirit and rooted in un­apolo­get­i­cally liv­ing her truth, while lov­ing those fiercely [liv­ing] theirs,” that event page read.

Lo­cal 23 also is­sued a state­ment on its web­site re­gard­ing Danger­field’s mur­der.

“Tee Tee was not only a skilled server whose warm and friendly ser­vice led some pas­sen­gers to seek her out specif­i­cally when they flew out of or through ATL — she was also a leader in her union, seek­ing to be­come ‘the best shop stew­ard our union had ever seen,’” the state­ment says. “While we mourn the fact that her life was taken so soon and so vi­o­lently, we are also an­gry. An­gry that trans­pho­bia and hate con­tinue to man­i­fest in our com­mu­ni­ties, where all in­di­vid­u­als have the right to live their lives as whomever they are.”

The Danger­field fam­ily launched a GoFundMe ac­count to raise money for their loved one’s ex­penses and burial.

“The Danger­field fam­ily would like to thank ev­ery­one who has ex­pressed their con­do­lences — and blessed us with their prayers dur­ing this ex­tremely dif­fi­cult time. Our fam­ily never thought we would have to bury our loved one — un­ex­pect­edly,” the fundrais­ing page reads. “We want you to know your love and sup­port has meant ev­ery­thing to our fam­ily. We also want you to know that Tee Tee was a pride­ful trans­gen­dered woman and hap­pily sup­ported her com­mu­nity. … For all those who [are] a part of the LGBT com­mu­nity, in tran­si­tion, scared of peo­ple’s per­cep­tions, know that Tee Tee would say — ‘Be fab­u­lous, honey!’”

By DAL­LAS ANNE DUN­CAN

If you have any in­for­ma­tion about Danger­field’s mur­der, po­lice ask you to call Crime Stop­pers at 404-577-8477.

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