Killing of local trans activist Mar’Quis “MJ” Jackson under investigation in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — The local LGBTQ community mourns the loss of a local trans activist.

Mar’Quis Jackson, known as MJ, was killed last Wednesday.

Police say his body was found in the Tioga-Nicetown neighborhood of Philadelphia. Investigators assume manslaughter.

“This is my baby,” Tara Jackson said as she shared a photo of herself and MJ. “He came out at the age of 17. He said to me, ‘Mom (I’m trans)’. I said, ‘Listen, I don’t care who you are, you’re still my kid. I love you for who you are.'”

Jackson had blunt trauma to his head. The mystery is now sparking worried conversations among MJ’s friends, including trans activist Porsha Burton.

“He was loving. He loved his family, very family oriented,” she said. “He did a lot of promoting for transgender rights. I’ve worked with him on housing issues to get individuals a home appraisal and things like that.”

Jackson’s death comes after a transgender woman was shot dead in Germantown on Thanksgiving morning.

Her death marks at least 35 murders of trans people in the United States this year.

In a statement, the City of Philadelphia Office of LGBT Affairs says it is “committed to ensuring that acts of discrimination, bigotry and hatred are never tolerated in the City of Philadelphia.”

The office goes on to say that it is in mourning and remains “committed to the achievement of justice, equity and lasting change for trans and non-binary residents.”

If so, there is a $20,000 reward. Individuals can anonymously tip the Philadelphia Police Department at 215-686-TIPS. For those uncomfortable speaking to the police, the Philadelphia Office of LGBT Affairs at 215-686-0330 is also taking tips on the case.

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