Koko Da Doll was found dead on Tuesday in Southwest Atlanta at the age of 35. She was featured in the Sundance Film Festival documentary Kokomo City earlier this year.
After being summoned to the shooting scene on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW, Atlanta police say they are looking into the death.. “Upon arrival, officers located a female victim with an apparent gunshot wound. She was not alert, conscious or breathing and pronounced deceased on scene by AFR [Atlanta Fire Rescue Department],” police said in a statement. “Homicide investigators responded to the scene and are working to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident. The investigation continues.”
On Friday, Atlanta police released surveillance footage showing a person approaching an apartment building’s entryway while wearing a sports jersey.
Koko, whose real name is Rasheeda Williams, was a well-known transgender lady who was depicted in the acclaimed documentary “Kokomo City,” which had its world premiere in January at the Sundance Film Festival.
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Williams’ violent death was also confirmed in an Instagram post by LGBTQ+ advocate Daniella Carter, with whom Williams starred in filmmaker D. Smith’s latest documentary Kokomo City. “I’m truly at a lost of words and in deep pain,” Carter wrote, sharing an image of Williams on the red carpet at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.
Williams was a rapper, releasing her first single “Trick” in 2020 followed by 2022’s “Bulletproof.” She was also working on new music, as she teased in a vlog last year.
“Koko had a heart of gold and spread nothing but love and light to those she came across,” Williams’ family wrote in the description of their GoFundMe campaign to pay for funeral costs.
According to a statement released by the police department on Friday, the homicide is the third deadly shooting of a transgender woman in the city since the year’s beginning.
“While these individual incidents are not related, we are very aware of the epidemic-level violence that black and brown transgender women face in America,” the department said.