Murder Suspect of Trans Woman Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells Named, Manhunt Ongoing
#Gaye’s it's bittersweet to announce that the suspect of transgender #DominiqueRemmieFells has been named.
As we previously reported, #Rem’mie was found stabbed multiple times with her legs cut off on June 8 on the banks of the Schuylkill River. Inside Edition reports that police have suspected acquaintance Akhenaton Jones, 36. Philadelphia Gay News announced that Rem’mie was last seen arguing with a man who matched Akhenaton’s description.
Upon entering his home last Tuesday, police found blood and a cutting instrument but believe he has fled the city. Akhenaton is being charged with murder, possession of an instrument of crime, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse. He is considered dangerous and not to be approached. Philadelphia police ask that if he is seen that the department be contacted immediately.
Since her passing Dominque Rem’mie Fells has had an enormous impact on her community and beyond. Although the Fells family asked for a humble $1,000 for funeral costs, the family has received over 130K instead.
Philadelphia Gay News announced that thousands in Brooklyn honored Rem’mie during protests as well as Philadelphians during the Philly Queer March for Black Lives on June 21st. An intern at Morris Home where Rem’mie lived said, “Rem’mie wasn’t set out to be another statistic. Rem’mie dreamed big…She was vibrant and vivacious, sweet and confidant. She was invested in her future and inspired people because of her willpower and gusto.”
Rem’mie was buried Thursday, June 18th. “They calling you girl,” Her friend Rhea read in the poem she wrote. “They callin’ you an icon, girl,” read her friend Rhea from a poem she wrote. “They callin’ you a voice. But they will never know the classy beautiful soul that carried such noise.”
Should you or someone you know have any information about Rem’mie’s case please contact: Philadelphia Police Department by dialing 911, calling the PPD Anonymous Tipline at (215) 686-TIPS, or submitting a tip via the PPD website (phillypolice.com).
A Go Fund Me page has been set up for Morris Home, the first residential recovery program in the country to offer comprehensive services specifically for trans- and gender non-conforming individuals and Rem’mie’s former home.