RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Family and friends are seeking justice while they remember the life of Noony Norwood. Norwood was born with the name William, but known as Ms. Noony Norwood.
"William grew into Ms. Noony Norwood and was accepted," said Janet Wright, Noony's aunt.
Just days after her 30th birthday, Norwood was shot in the 2700 block of Hull Street, and died in the hospital the next day.
"She was a wonderful person, and they took somebody great from us, seriously," she said.
While Wright and Norwood were not related by blood, Wright says they may as well have been, as they were a part of a close knit community.
"I just want people to know that, that was a beautiful person truly, would give you anything," explained Wright."Would help anybody without even a second thought."
For Zakia McKensey founder of the Nationz Foundation, Norwood's death hits hard. She also considers her family, guiding her through her journey as a transgender woman.
"A lot of people just think we're street walkers and we don't have the same aspirations and goals as everybody else, and that's not the case," said McKensey.
McKensey says it can be difficult for people in the LGBT community to truly feel comfortable being themselves, but that wasn't the case for Norwood.
"Noony was living her life in her authentic self," she said.
Through the guidance and support of friends and family, they say Noony spent her days bringing love to everyone she encountered.
Richmond Police are continuing to investigate her death and have released a photo of a person of interest in the case. The Virginia Anti-Violence Project says Norwood's death is the 23rd reported killing of a transgender/gender non-conforming person in 2016.
The organization also released the following statement about her killing:
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.
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