JACKSONVILLE – Police are actively investigating the shooting death of 24-year-old Duval Princess found unresponsive in a car at the Highland Square shopping center on Dunn Avenue in Jacksonville earlier this month.
Identified by police and family members in local media reports by her pre-transitioning name and gender, she was a well-known hairstylist specializing in wigs and weaves who was active in the LGBTQ+ community. According to friends who knew her, Princess was in the early stages of transitioning and identified as transgender.
An aunt, Raschel Campbell, told Jacksonville’s CBS affiliate WJAX-TV News; “There’s nobody who did not know Duval Princess.”
WJAX reported: “Security video given to Action News Jax from a nearby business shows someone waiting at the corner of a business that morning. The car we are told Robinson is in pulls up, the person goes to the driver side window first, then walks to the passenger side door.
They appear to have a conversation and then again, the person goes back to the driver side. Shortly after, it appears as if the person hops into the passenger seat. Roughly 10 minutes go by and then there’s a flash, which we opted not to show. Moments later the person is seen running away.”
Family members told the station that according to messages, she was meeting up with someone known to her.
“I have never known a pain like this and we just want answers,” Campbell said. “This was a senseless act of violence, it was a hate crime.”
Police are asking anyone with further information is asked to contact investigators or call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.
On social media, friends, family and clients of Princess are sharing fond memories of their times with her, noting that she was beloved, with one client sharing that she was “so sweet and genuine.” Another said there was “never a dull moment when we linked.”
The Human Rights Campaign noted:
“Her death marks at least the second violent death of a transgender or gender non-conforming person this year, less than a week into 2022. We say “at least ” because too often these deaths go unreported — or misreported, as is the case of Princess. She was repeatedly misgendered and deadnamed in several media reports.”