By Allison Brown
OLMSTED TWP., Ohio — An arrest was made Saturday in the murder of a member of the transgender community found dead in an Olmsted Township pond last month.
But for people who knew and loved the victim, it is going to take a long time to heal.
Fox 8 spoke with a member of the community who spent a long time with the victim. Officially identified by police as Carl Acoff, 20, most knew the person they love as Ce Ce Dove.
“She was a ray of sunshine. She was really, really sweet; very, very positive; very pretty,” said Tracy Jones, CEO of the AIDS Task Force of Greater Cleveland.
Jones also leads the Beyond Identities Community Center in the city. She knew the victim from BICC.
Jones explained Ce Ce was a person who had goals and much to live for.
“Ce Ce was one of the young people that frequented the drop-in center where you can get a meal, connect with friends,” Jones said.
Sadly, the life of that loving, free spirit, was cut short in April. The victim was brutally murdered and found in an Olmsted Township pond.
“She didn’t deserve to die, and she didn’t deserve to be murdered,” Jones said.
“I hope that you get justice. Ce Ce deserves justice; our community deserves justice,” Jones said.
The tragedy has sparked a vocal movement in the LGBTQ community: ‘stop the hate’.
There was a rally on Wednesday in downtown Cleveland with the focus on Ce Ce’s murder.
Jones said violence should not be tolerated against anyone. She believes, in death, Ce Ce will bring change and hopefully more awareness to the transgendered community.
“I think she will be a catalyst, because this is a conversation that people within the community struggle with,” Jones said.
According to LGBTQ community, Ce Ce’s funeral was held Monday morning at The Temple Baptist Church in East Cleveland.
The Beyond Identities Community Center will also be holding a memorial service tonight to remember Ce Ce at 5 p.m.
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