Mesha Caldwell

The Canton, Mississippi LGBT community is mourning the loss of Mesha Caldwell who was well-known as a talented makeup artist and hair stylist. Caldwell, 41, is the first transgender to be murdered in the United States in the new year.

Caldwell, who was killed on January 4, is also believed to be the first tran killed in Mississippi in the last 12 months.

Police responding to a 911 call at 3:45 pm, found Caldwell’s body dumped in a roadway just outside the city limits of Canton.

According to Mississippi News Now, a coroner’s report listed the cause of death as “multiple gunshot wounds”.

Mic.com interviewed Mary Young, a longtime family friend, who described Caldwell as “beautiful” and said it was “painful” to see Caldwell misgendered as a man in early media reports.

The victim was born Omario Caldwell, but later identified as a transwoman.

“The first transgender to be killed in 2017 here in Mississippi, so close to Jackson, that really hits home,” said friend Keith Dupree.

Evonne Kaho, a fellow transgender and former roommate, told the Sun Herald that Caldwell was “a happy person who loved everyone and never met a stranger.”

Kaho said Caldwell was “always smiling” and “always had something good to say to everyone”.

Caldwell’s brother, Cedrick Caldwell, called for the killer to turn himself in.

“I feel like how you are going to kill a person and throw them out the car. That is the most heartbreaking thing. I feel like if you did it, hold up for it. If you were man enough to do it, be man enough to hold up for it,” he said.

HRC tracked 21 murders of transgender people nationally in 2016. Most of the victims were sex workers; 95 percent of the victims were black or people of color, and 86 percent were bio men who identified as transwomen.

More than half were victims of gun violence.


  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Fly high my love ?

  • http://www.missjhaneuniverse.com Monday

    Killing is killing and that is wrong, but I don’t understand how this has to be more important than any type killing in this world??

    People who kill have hate in their heart. Don’t want to play Mother Teresa but if someone is getting killed this has to be headlined as “One person got killed in Mississipi” could be black, white, gay, straight, lesbian, tans…. Killing is wrong!!
    R.I.P to the victim

  • Annette Ann Ette

    I’m tryna figure out, why it was important to point out a MAN was the murder of 2017…..It’s a sad shame all the way around! I really need to mind my business more…..

  • VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    True….

  • VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    Very sad….how did the brother know it was a lanthanides shot him? A gun xan prove lethal in anyone’s hand male or female. Maybe they have someone in mind, often men snap though when they find out if they didn’t know.

  • Akili

    R.I.P …Prayers to the family.

  • Alicia.Ashe

    My condolences to the family. Sad.

  • digital_femme

    The word “unclockable” at the beginning of the headline seemed unnecessary, but moving on… R.I.P. to the young man. No one deserves to be shot and dumped on the side of the road like a dog.

  • That’s Interesting

    RIP and saying unclockable is so disrespectful. Transgendered people are HUMAN.

  • That’s Interesting

    RIP and saying unclockable is so disrespectful. Transgendered people are HUMAN.

  • stanhope

    Amen, perhaps if enough people raise objections to it, this will finally stop.

  • Incog-knee-gress

    RIP.
    Know this post gonna get crunk.

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Repost

    In re to JR and Jewel Smith post…

    Sandra did you used to be a NICU nurse? Is that what medical indication you practiced under? All these female Roses it’s safe to say a percentage have had preemie babies. Tiny and Tip. Not once but twice we know of with Heiress now. Please go clean that post up far as comments. Please.

    Happy Sunday to folks.

  • hottlanta

    JEWISH GUY BEAT BLACK GAY GUY Where is the outrage
    _________________________________________________________
    Man who beat gay student should give up money raised for defense: suitNew York Post 3 hours ago

    A Brooklyn man convicted of brutally beating and partially blinding a gay, black student should give up the $131,000 his community raised for his legal defense, a lawsuit asserts. Mayer Herskovic, 24, was convicted of gang assault in September and is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 18 for an attack that left Taj Patterson blind in one eye. Herskovic and about 20 members of Shomrim, an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community-watch group, set upon Patterson as he walked home from celebrating a friend’s birthday on Dec. 1, 2013, in Williamsburg. An online fund-raiser for Orthodox Jewish causes called The Chesed Fund features a picture of two young kids and urges people to donate to help bring their “tatty” home; it doesn’t identify Herskovic by name, but a Brooklyn Supreme Court suit filed by Patterson identifies the fund-raiser as benefitting Herskovic

  • R in NYC

    I had a transgender roommate. Michael/ Michelle was a very unhappy and mentally disturbed person. Last time I saw him he was suicidal and looking crazy in a grandma dress and wig. Dude was 6’5″ and 250 lbs walking around wearing tiaras and carrying stuffed animals at the age of 50.
    I really tried to be a friend but in the end this person was manipulative, shady, a liar and mentally unstable. I feel sorry for his hard life but He brought a lot of his pain on himself because he use to try and “trick” straight men.
    I think this is what might have happened in this situation. A sex client couldn’t handle discovering the”surprise” between the legs and went crazy.

  • Desinea

    You guys on here are so funny to me. U spend all day talking down on trans people referring to them as pedophiles, he, she and disrespecting them yet have the nerve to call out Sandra for using Unclockable? Yeah maybe the murders would indeed stop if you all stop spreading your hatred. The problem with hate is that not everybody takes it at the same quantity. You may think that by saying gays and trans are pervs on a blog and talking about a supposed gay agenda is no big deal, but guess what someone out there is taking that stuff very seriously. Someone with a gun and enough will in him to take your words and turn them into actions. So it’s like Michael said, you wana make the world a better place take a look at yourself and make a change. Hate spreads so stop being hateful to those people. Let them live their lives, they’re not bothering nobody. I get it you’re all perfect beings, model humans, flawless in every way…?

  • Petty Patty Cakes

    Don’t know about this case, but it seems like it’s deception and dishonesty that’s getting a lot of these folks killed. It’s dangerous territory trying to fool people. I hope they catch the culprit in this case. (Almost) no one deserves to be murdered.

  • Scromes1212

    Straight people are manipulative, shady, liars and mentally unstable. Being transgender doesn’t guarantee a person is going to have any of those qualities.

  • Scromes1212

    It’s fake outrage. A lot of that on here smh they’ll be using the word again tomorrow.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    That’s so sad…condolences to the family. Nobody deserves to be discarded like a piece of trash.

  • laidbackgal4real

    RIP

  • Chuck

    God blesses his soul.

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    So what. Who was the first child victim?. God bless his soul but, the reason this is a story annoys me.

  • chococherry

    Thats terrible.

  • Oxtailsngreens

    Sad for the murder, but I don’t know about unclockable…….

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    ?Treat ’em like a prostitute. ?

  • SummerBaby

    RIP! ??

  • CaramelDrop

    Mayer and each and every person should be thrown under the jail!

    This story doesn’t meet their criteria. They’re only mad when one of the three types of persons are a issue: black, Christian, a woman or a combination of the three. ?

  • VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    All murder is bad…. to be discarded like trash is worse.

  • scentsychick30

    Rip and prayers to family and friends ??

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Ist time I ever heard the term was from a legion of female impersonators over 20 years ago. In fact, almost, if not ALL of the terms that are being thrown around these days came from “the children”. We won’t even begin to talk about the makeup that has overtaken the “normal” masses.

  • Seek Truth Speak Truth

    So far what Kim Burrell said is happening…May The Most High have mercy on his soul.

  • Joy smith

    The fact that you are a gay man and this is your reaction to this death, is disgusting.

  • Allihave2say

    The brother has attended a lot of therapy, “I feel like”. She was identified as misgendered eh? Well I fell misidentified as a 99%er when I identify as a 1%er so if I go to the bank will Chase let me have money out of my account to match how I identify myself?

    RIP Sir Ma’am.

  • Allihave2say

    He had eyebrows just like Apollo’s not fiance.

  • Ladyvil

    Lord God have mercy on us ALL!

  • Annaunki

    a happy person who loved everyone and never met a stranger.”

    this is written in the handbook, along with they will never hurt anyone….

  • mzbestseller

    I just wrote about this subject in my book I dropped yesterday. It’s a tough topic too. The girl was outed by her so called friend in front of the dude. She was about to tell him before they got physical because she caught feelings and wanted to be honest. She never got the chance and come to find out this nucca was married!!

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    What a sad way to die. God bless her

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Hmm… so… because I’m gay, I’m supposed to mourn the death of a confused man, dressed as a women, who was probably killed while turning a trick?!

  • Jussjess25

    So sad God bless her soul

  • White Newborn

    You do realize other people have died in 2017 right

  • Jussjess25

    Exactly

  • Jussjess25

    So your gay and so was she,but somehow you think your a better type of gay person?. Stfu

  • Jussjess25

    That person is a horrible human being, to make fun of someone who was murdered! Smh dont waste your breath.

  • Jussjess25

    I agree.. makes me sick how people judge these people’s lives. Im not gay and it still makes me sick. And what kills me is the owner of this blog is a confused self hating gay women herself ? Its baffling

  • Jussjess25

    Sometimes those men that pick the women up are gay, but dont want to be real with themselves as well.

  • Jussjess25

    What does unlockable mean ?

  • Joy smith

    You don’t know that but the fact of being gay and knowing what discrimination feels like, u are down right pathetic for making a joke out of this.

  • Joy smith

    You know what Chicagofool, I saw your lame attempt of a joke about a premature baby, so the fact you made this comment is not at all surprising.

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    I’m not pacifying the mentally ill .You SIN you DIE. The wages of sin is DEATH . Some get GRACE to see another day and repent others don’t. No sin is greater then the other but some are magnified more then others. The most high isn’t a respector of persons. Which means no one is spared from his wrath. It is what it is. I’m not religious either nor a Christian. I’m someone that actually read and researched the bible and it’s history. I know enough to know that you average person has no clue who and or what the bible is speaking to or about. Y’all being PC like it’s going to save you and or do you any good. News flash it isn’t. I sin too, but I follow the TORAH to the best of my ability so I have balance. I’m a work in progress.

  • Joy smith

    *average people*

  • Desinea

    Wow for someone who isn’t religious I find it interesting that you’ve pretty much written a religious paragraph. Mentally ill? Gays and lesbians and trans are mentally ill? Wow that’s very interesting I guess I learned something new today. I am not trying to go back and forth we all have our opinions but I’m pretty sure that Jesus came and told everyone to toss that Old Testament because even he called BS on it. So it’s funny to me that people still use things from the Old Testament but only pick homosexuality nothing else from there because if y’all did none of you would be brave enough to show your faces. You sin you die? What happens to those who judge others? Or is that less of a sin? At the end of the day remember this, we are just bacteria on a floating rock; you may think you’re more than that but to the universe with billions of galaxies we ain’t nothing. Many generations and civilizations have come before us and our time will come and go too. But while we are here can we please try to not be so hateful to one another? We all came from a single male and female that means we are all related to each other. That trans woman was black so was related to you more than anyone else! I believe Jesus’ message was love…or would you like to add some extra to it? Perhaps your own version of his message because that’s all y’all do, use Jesus’ words twist them and turn them into hate. Go read your bible. God bless you.

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    Research the word RELIGION and it’s roots. The bible isn’t a religious text. The bible denounces religion and the traditions of man. There’s no christimas in the bible. Yet there’s a christimas in religion? None of the so called religious holidays are in the bible. NONE! Easter, lent, Ash Wednesday, palm Sunday etc. You will not find any of these in the bible but it’s in religion. The same thing with the faux Jews. They also celebrate and worship things that have nothing to do with torah. It’s all religion , traditions, and paganism. I can drag all religions , because they all got their start in Babylon. Yes I said mentally ill. “Transgenders” suffer from GENDER DYSPHORIA aka GENDER IDENTITY DISORDER. Let’s call a spade a spade. There isn’t anything normal about your brain not functioning the way it’s suppose to.

    “’Sex change’ is biologically impossible,” said McHugh. “People who undergo sex-reassignment surgery do not change from men to women or vice versa. Rather, they become feminized men or masculinized women. Claiming that this is civil-rights matter and encouraging surgical intervention is in reality to collaborate with and promote a mental disorder.”

  • the guest

    And Jews love to say they can’t be racist. BS. Some of the most racist people are Jews.

  • the guest

    There were more white parents in the NICU than black and Latino when our daughter was born. Changes in America’s food production, lifestyles, stress levels impact pregnancies. Some doctors also believe premature births are hereditary, some doctors disagree with this. I just know premature births should be talked about only with love and sensitivity. Because if kids are off limits. Then a baby living outside the womb is sacred.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    HRC tracked 21 murders of transgender people nationally in 2016. Most of the victims were sex workers; 95 percent of the victims were black or people of color, and 86 percent were bio men who identified as transwomen.

    More than half were victims of gun violence.

    Sex Working, will ALWAYS be dangerous. For ANYONE.

  • Layah Jhene

    Hmmm, you don’t say

  • Low E. TUH!

    SPEAK.

  • Low E. TUH!

    BLOOP.

  • Kilroy

    Bio men?!

  • stav

    Thank you for calling it as it is”his”!

  • Guess Who

    it was “painful” to see Caldwell misgendered as a man in early media reports. 0_o

    This was a man dressed up as a woman or a man who is taking female hormones? XY Chromosomes, right? XX? Which did this person have? Why would it be painful to label someone what they are?

  • Myopinion4u

    What the title of the book? Is it on amazon yet?

  • kennedy220

    lol um that wasn’t a hard prediction seeming as it is a given. but people are killed everyday hetero and homo

  • kennedy220

    i’m sure you’ve prostituted yourself in exchange for something other than currency

  • Queen of EVERYTHING

    Talented makeup artist? Bish where?

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Hmm… nope. Can’t think of a single thing. ?

  • Butter

    It affected his roommate! Geesh not people have to explain their feelings. Trans doesn’t equal Man.. He was a female in the eyes of people he knew and that’s what he preferred.

  • LibraGirlonly

    SMDH

  • Elevated Soul

    These men in wigs need to stop thinking it’s okay to fool men who actually desire a WOMAN,not one pretending to be one……….

    May he RIP……

  • yallcrazy

    Pure evil. Even if he fooled him he still has no right to kill him. That somebody’s child and its not right. I hope whoever did it get caught and get the death penalty.

  • mzbestseller

    It’s called Devoted To Him: An Urban Love Story by Nivea Townsend. There are 2 parts.

  • mzbestseller
  • Liah

    I agree…Be upfront!

  • Liah

    I just down loaded your book…I believe in supporting our own!..Congrats and good luck!

  • mzbestseller

    U have no idea how much that means to me! Thank u so much for your support and I hope u enjoy it??

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    Why does the public assume it was trickery sex that led to the death? There are no tricks. I’ve yet to see a trans that I didn’t absolutely know was a trans or one who at least made my red flag go up. If it was sex involved, the guy knew, period. The downside to this type fetish is in such a small town, you don’t want anyone to know.

    IJS.

  • Renay Peters

    Another homicide another statistic…why is this special..a homicide is a homicide. Cause it was a Tranny the clock must stop and special attention is warranted…?

  • Elevated Soul

    Right……Many gay men love to try and “turn out men who are straight.I’m speaking of MEN who are straight whom they may meet at the club. The lights are low and the man is half drunk, so he’s already compromised to believe he’s actually talking to a woman.

  • Elevated Soul

    You need to be TRUTHFUL when you ask God for a favor.It would be truthful to ask God to bless HIS soul because that’s how God created HIM.

  • Liah

    That’s just insane?!…They’re defiantly putting themselves in a dangerous situation when they do that!!!…SMH!

  • lovelygamour

    I dont know if any trickery was involved, but, just like I said with the mike epps heckler. You are a man. Even if people refer to you as a woman in a fight you are a man. You cant just holler and wave about like a woman. I think thats why some put on a dress. They want to release responsiblilty. NO. If they were turning sour/fighting the other dude may have gotten scared. Thats how a lot of perps against trans get off. Especial if they are poc or big.
    May the deceased rip.

  • Jussjess25

    Him, Her, they, it, we, us everyone!!!! It doesnt matter God bless us all. Are you serious?? Anyone should be prayed for when losing their life in such a horrible way

  • Tgritty

    What is your fascination with transgender people?

  • Tgritty

    Why do you assume that’s what happened. There is nothing in the story that indicates that. As the above commenter mentioned there isn’t any “trickery.” People just don’t want others to know.

  • yallcrazy

    Didn’t I say “even if”? Meaning if he had. There is absolutely nothing wrong with what I wrote.

  • Tgritty

    I didn’t say anything what wrong with your statement.
    I just wasn’t sure where you and the other commenters where getting the idea that he fooled someone.

  • Shawn Williams

    You sound cruel as hell. Someone gets murdered and your reaction is who cares. Damn people here act like a transsexual did something to them personally.

  • WackaBlocka

    I never understand it … they click on stories to say evil things and then say they don’t care … do they know they are being illogical lmfaooooo and then they will curse you out about it … I’m laughing right now as I type because its madness smh

  • WackaBlocka

    there ARE trannies out there that you don’t know are trannies and some have admitted to not telling …. I don’y know first hand but you can never say all of anything you can say most but you don’t know them all and yes some of them have been murdered for it sad to say PS I come in peace lol

  • Genia W-m

    Those girls can do some makeup better than a woman!

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    Oh no, I don’t doubt some are deceiving men. I agree with that. It just seems like when you read a story about a ts getting murder, it eludes to the hidden secret.

  • Genia W-m

    Lack of disclosure is the #1 reason behind the majority of those deaths. I’m not sure how they will approach this in the future because I know they want relationships and to be honest but they’re not telling these men who they are before going to the hotel. That’s unfair to the man. No one should be murdered over it but it is a reality and something needs to be done.
    A Filipino was killed last year by a Marine. She never disclosed and when he found out at the hotel he killed her.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Agreed.
    Do not expect respect IF you are not willing to give it and then make excuses for lying.

  • Rarechild93

    Yes! My tranny friend got her azz beat by a male she didnt disclose to. He was major offended that he was a “shim” and not a real girl. Pulled a nine as well. The Lawd was with “her” that night.

  • Rarechild93

    Lol. You aint right.

  • Kelly Brielle

    Hi I was reading this article and started scrolling the comments being nosey and came across your comment about your book.. I’m about to download it
    Congratulations to you??

  • Liah

    Woow!!!…..SMH!

  • mzbestseller

    I appreciate u so much Kelly and I hope u enjoy!!

  • R in NYC

    Look I was just speaking on my roomie. He/ she was the only Tranny I ever lived with and I spoke of my experience. Due to that experience I would never live with one again.

  • R in NYC

    I remember that case. I think it’s criminal to pretend to be a woman and try to have sex with an unsuspecting man. How can we blame a man for going into a homicidal rage after some con artist (that’s what they really are) presents him with a penis instead of a vagina??

  • R in NYC

    Oh honey some of them look like women. You really do have clueless men who can’t tell the difference.

  • R in NYC

    Are you a Tranny? Just asking