Akhenaton Jones was arrested in connection to the brutal homicide of Dominique Fells (Photograph: Police/Fb)
A fugitive has been arrested in connection to the brutal homicide of a transgender lady lady.
Akhenaton Jones, 36, was taken into custody in Los Angeles, California on Monday over the homicide of 27-year-old Dominique ‘Rem’mie’ Fells in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Fells’ physique was discovered floating in a river in June, with wounds exhibiting that she was stabbed repeatedly. There was trauma on her face, and each her legs had been severed, police mentioned.
When police searched Jones’ home in June, they mentioned they discovered a power-cutting device and proof of blood linked to the lady’s dying.
Authorities then issued a warrant for Jones and at one level, he was thought of armed and harmful as one among Philadelphia’s most wished fugitives.
Fells’ sister Dior Edmonds tweeted out a message on Monday saying that this felt like ‘the most effective and worst day of my life on the identical time’ with an image of Jones’ face.
‘I’m posting this idiot’s face up as soon as once more as a result of karma has come again full circle,’ she mentioned. ‘Dominique all the time will get the final chuckle.’
Fells’ physique was present in a Philadelphia river in June, police mentioned (Photograph: GoFundMe)
Fells’ father Keith Edmonds mentioned she was an individual who might ‘gentle up the room,’ and was aspiring to be a dancer and dressmaker.
‘The one factor that stood out about her is she did her personal factor with confidence, which as a household all of us embraced,’ Keith Edmonds mentioned.
Fells’ aunt, Germyce Williams, mentioned she hopes that discovering justice will maintain her niece’s reminiscence alive.
‘We’re going to simply make most of the people extra conscious of trans points,’ Williams mentioned. ‘Trans are folks, too. And after we say Black lives matter, all Black lives matter, that features trans folks.’
Fells’ dying sparked outrage throughout America, resulting in mass protests in Los Angeles and New York. Actress Kerry Washington and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris spoke out in opposition to the killing.
A now closed GoFundMe web page for Fells raised over $120,000 to assist go to legal professionals, her funeral and her household.
Jones is presently ready for extradition again to Philadelphia to await a trial for the case, in line with police.
President-elect Joe Biden has vowed to struggle in opposition to violence towards the trangender group. He launched a press release final month saying it’s an ‘epidemic that wants nationwide management.’
At the least 34 transgender or gender-nonconforming folks had been killed or died by violence in 2020, according to the Human Rights Marketing campaign, the very best quantity the group has documented because it began counting.
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