The Philadelphia Police Department has confirmed they are investigating the death of Alicia Simmons, a trans woman.
Simmons, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was found dead in her apartment on Sunday night.
With her social media full of smiley selfies and videos of her bopping in the back of cars to music, her death has caused shockwaves in the Philadelphia trans community.
According to trans activist Ashlee Preston there were no signs of “foul play”, she wrote on Facebook.
Nevertheless, trans activists remain weary around the cause of her death which, if proved to be malicious, would make Simmons the 22nd trans person killed in the US this year alone.
Local community leaders and investigators are scrambling to piece together what happened to Simmons.
Officers stated she was found in an apartment in the 4900 block of Walnut Street, in the northwestern Walnut Hill neighbourhood. A diverse patch of the city packed with coffeeshops and young professionals.
Preston added that Simmons was found “unresponsive in her bed with no signs of forced entry into her apartment” at 8:47pm.
Details of her death remain unclear, but the Southwest Detective Division confirmed they will release details as the investigation progresses.
“We will provide an update when one becomes available,” a police department spokesperson told PinkNews.
Furthermore, the Philly LGBT Police Liaison Committee said it is awaiting results from the medical examiner.
The organisation explained in a Facebook statement that members will be “working very closely” with law enforcement to “thoroughly, respectfully, responsibly and compassionately get those answers for Alicia and her family both born and chosen as well as our community”.
Moreover, journalist Ernest Owens stressed in a Facebook post that Simmons was not “shot”.
Though, he clarified that this “doesn’t rule out a murder, but it doesn’t automatically fit a lot of the recent narratives surrounding murdered black trans women this year”.
His statement came as social media heaved with theories of her alleged murder, such as one member of a local LGBT+ group alleged that Simmons died of a “fatal assault”.