Death of Nina Pop
|Date||May 3, 2020|
|Location||South New Madrid Street, Sikeston, Missouri|
|Charges||Second-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.
Pop was a black transgender woman who worked at a fast-food restaurant and was fondly known in the area. She lived 145 miles south of St. Louis in Sikeston, Missouri, a small town of 16,000 people.
On May 15, 2020 in Dexter, Missouri, Joseph B. Cannon, a 40-year-old man 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. 11 crime labs, anti-violence organizations, and police departments contributed to the investigation.
The Okra Project, a grassroots organization initially focused on addressing food insecurity in the black trans 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 folks.
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.
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