INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Relatives of a woman gunned down in a nightclub parking lot over the weekend say she is on life support and it hits the city’s transgender community hard.
But, the crime also highlights the impact of violence on the innocent.
Family members say the victim is Ke’Yahonna Stone. They say she was at a nightclub on the northeast side of Castle Run Mall for a night of fun when she tried to intervene in some sort of brawl. That’s when someone started shooting and she was hit.
This holiday season is a time of mourning. On Christmas Day, Latroya Rucker says she spent the day with Stone, her sister.
Hours later, Rucker’s world changed.
“I feel whoever did it, they started off with an impulse. Some things you need to stay away from. It doesn’t make you a punk or anything to go away, ”Rucker said.
Around 3:00 a.m. on Sunday, the police intervened in the parking lot of the Epic Ultra Lounge. They finished around 5:30 a.m. Friends say this is where the shots rang out, leaving cartridge cases strewn on the floor. A bullet hit Stone, 32, in the head.
“She was ending a fight, trying to defuse an ongoing fight. My sister had nothing to do with anything going on there.
Police were investigating the incident on Monday. The circumstances leading up to the shooting, friends say, are unclear, only Stone attempted to intervene.
“I’m not her immediate family, but she was my sister, she was my daughter,” said one of her friends, Leslie Tidwell.
Friends say part of Stone’s role in the trans community was to provide safe spaces inside her home. Efforts to expand its reach into the trans community were only growing.
Marissa Miller said of her friend Stone, “She didn’t want to be that person who was on the street and everyone was talking about anymore. She didn’t want to do this anymore. She was changing her life.
Miller is the founder of Center for research and resources on trans solutions. Stone had recently been hired to work there. The plan was to take his idea of creating safe spaces and expand it to include spaces for the entire LGBTQ community.
“But, the community is suffering. Ke’Yahonna was loved by the community, ”Miller said,“ And the community is suffering. Some in the community were just standing there. They were not the ones who got the call, they were the call.
The Marion County Coroner’s Office identified the victim’s legal name as Calvin Jones, 32, but admitted in an email to media: “Mother would like her to be recognized as Ke-Yohnna Renee Stone “. Thursday’s office had yet to announce the manner and cause of death.