Amber Monroe knew her life had purpose. Even though she faced discrimination in every aspect of her life as a trans woman of color, she believed her hardships were the makings of a story that she would one day share to inspire others.
“She had no problem speaking her mind and talking about her experience,” said Bré Campbell, friend of Amber and executive director of the Trans Sista of Color Project in Detroit. “She was very bright in the ways in which she was able to recognize that all the bad things in her life were shaping her and molding her. She was very profound.”
Unfortunately, Amber will never have the chance to share her own story.
In the early morning hours of Aug. 8, 20-year-old Amber was found murdered on Detroit’s west side near 6 Mile and Woodward, an area known as Palmer Park that is frequented by Detroit’s transgender community.