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Trans woman D’isaya Monaee Smith found shot to death in gruesome crime scene


D’isaya Monaee Smith Photo: via NBC 5 Chicago D’isaya Monaee Smith, 27, was found shot to death in the Chicago area on Labor Day.

“I’m relying on God right now to keep holding me up because it’s hard,” her mother Latrina Banks told NBC 5 Chicago . She lost her other child – her son Antonio – to gun violence in 2018.

Note: There are conflicting reports in the media about her exact name and age. The page set up for her at the Higgins Family Funeral Home calls her D’isaya Smith and says she was 27-years-old, which corresponds with local media reports.

Banks said that she FaceTimed with her daughter just hours before she was killed. She said that her daughter was supposed to go out with two female friends that evening.

The friends told investigators that Smith was tired so she stayed at the hotel while they went out. They came back to the hotel to find her dead.

“Whoever knows anything about my baby’s murder please tell,” Banks said. “Y’all took the best thing ever from me.”Authorities say Smith was killed early in the morning on September 6 at the Prestige Motel in Dolton. Banks said that the crime […]

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