Death of Nina Pop

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Death of Nina Pop
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DateMay 3, 2020
LocationSouth New Madrid Street, Sikeston, Missouri
ChargesSecond-degree murder and armed criminal action

On May 3, 2020, a 28-year-old black transgender woman named Nina Pop was found dead with multiple stab wounds after being stabbed with a knife inside her apartment on South New Madrid Street in Sikeston, Missouri.[1][2][3][4][5]

Nina Pop[edit]

Pop was a black transgender woman. [1] She lived 145 miles south of St. Louis in Sikeston, Missouri, a small town of 16,000 people.[6]


On May 15, 2020 in Dexter, Missouri, Joseph B. Cannon from Poplar Bluff, Missouri, was accused of Pop's murder and arrested for second-degree murder and armed criminal action. He pleaded not guilty, requested a public defender, and awaits trial.[7][8] 11 crime labs, anti-violence organizations, and police departments contributed to the investigation.[9]

Sikeston Department of Public Safety and a local TV network initially misgendered Pop during their investigation and reporting, respectively.[10][11]

The Human Rights Campaign stated that her death is at least the 10th violent death of an American transgender person or gender non-conforming person in 2020.[12]

Community response[edit]

The Okra Project, a grassroots organization initially focused on addressing food insecurity in the black transgender community, dedicated $15,000 to form the Nina Pop Mental Health Recovery Fund and the Tony McDade Mental Health Recovery Fund in to raise money for free one-time mental health therapy sessions for black transgender individuals.[13][14][15]

On June 2, 2020 thousands of people came together for a vigil and protest at the Stonewall Inn in New York City to honor the lives of Nina Pop and Tony McDade and protest police violence and transphobic violence against the black transgender community.[16][17][18][19]


  1. ^ a b Advocate (May 6, 2020). "Trans Woman Nina Pop Stabbed to Death in Missouri". Retrieved June 2, 2020.
  2. ^ "Transgender woman's death in SE Missouri under investigation". Associated Press. May 5, 2020. Retrieved June 2, 2020.
  3. ^ "Missouri Police Investigating Death Of Black Trans Woman". Essence. Retrieved June 2, 2020.
  4. ^ Gangemella, Rebecca. "Sikeston homicide suspect arrested". WPSD Local 6. Retrieved June 2, 2020.
  5. ^ "Missouri Police Investigating Death Of Black Transgender Woman Killed In Her Apartment". Retrieved June 2, 2020.
  6. ^ "Much-loved trans woman found stabbed to death in apartment as LGBT+ group warns the epidemic 'can no longer be ignored'". PinkNews. May 10, 2020. Retrieved June 2, 2020.
  7. ^ "Man arrested in fatal stabbing of Nina Pop pleads not guilty". Metro Weekly. May 21, 2020. Retrieved June 2, 2020.
  8. ^ "Educate yourself". PAPER. June 2, 2020. Retrieved June 4, 2020.
  9. ^ Jenkins, David (May 15, 2020). "Poplar Bluff man charged in death of Nina Pop". Standard-Democrat.
  10. ^ Tracy, Matt (May 20, 2020). "Man Charged With Killing Trans Woman in Missouri". Gay City News. Retrieved June 2, 2020.
  11. ^ "As Media Focuses on Black Lives, Activists Call Attention to Nina Pop, the 5th Trans Woman of Color to Be Killed in the Last Month". The Root. May 11, 2020. Retrieved June 2, 2020.
  12. ^ Human Rights Campaign. "HRC Mourns Nina Pop, Black Trans Woman Killed in Missouri". Human Rights Campaign. Retrieved June 2, 2020.
  13. ^ "10 Ways You Can Support The Black Lives Matter Movement In NYC Right Now". Secretnyc. June 1, 2020. Retrieved June 2, 2020.
  14. ^ Kim, Michelle (June 2020). "The Okra Project Launches Mental Health Funds in Honor of Tony McDade and Nina Pop". them. Retrieved June 2, 2020.
  15. ^ "A $15,000 Mental Health Recovery Fund Launches for Black Trans People". June 3, 2020. Retrieved June 4, 2020.
  16. ^ "Stonewall Rally To Focus On Deaths In Black Trans Community". West Village, NY Patch. June 2, 2020. Retrieved June 2, 2020.
  17. ^ "Thousands march through NYC neighborhoods on 6th day of George Floyd protests". 1010 WINS. June 2, 2020. Retrieved June 2, 2020.
  18. ^ "Protests in N.Y.C.: Latest Updates". The New York Times. June 2, 2020. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved June 2, 2020.
  19. ^ "Thousands of protesters gather at the Stonewall Inn demanding an end to the murder of Black trans people". PinkNews. June 3, 2020. Retrieved June 3, 2020.