Rasheeda Williams popularly known as Koko Da Doll aged 35, was shot dead in Southwest Atlanta.
The performer’s death was confirmed by the Atlanta Police Department [AFR]. In a statement offered to Deadline, they said: “Upon arrival, officers located a female victim with an apparent gunshot wound. She was not alert, conscious, or breathing and was pronounced deceased on scene by AFR [Atlanta Fire Rescue Department].
“Homicide investigators responded to the scene and are working to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident. The investigation continues.”
The slain transgender star recently appeared in the documentary Kokomo City, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in January.
D. Smith, the director of Kokomo City, confirmed Koko’s death in an Instagram post;
“On Tuesday night, Rasheeda Williams was shot and killed in Atlanta. Rasheeda, aka Koko Da Doll, was the latest victim of violence against Black transgender women.
“I created Kokomo City because I wanted to show the fun, humanized, natural side of Black trans women. I wanted to create images that didn’t show the trauma or the statistics of murder of Transgender lives. I wanted to create something fresh and inspiring. I did that. We did that!
“But here we are again. It’s extremely difficult to process Koko’s passing, but as a team we are more encouraged now than ever to inspire the world with her story. To show how beautiful and full of life she was. She will inspire generations to come and will never be forgotten.”
The official Sundance Twitter account added: “We are saddened to hear about the death of Rasheeda Williams aka Koko Da Doll.
“We were honored to have her at the Festival this year with KOKOMO CITY, where she reminded Black trans women, ‘we can do anything, we can be whatever we want to be.’ It is a tragic loss.”