Transgender teen burned to death in Detroit was remembered on Friday
Detroit, MI —
A transgender teen brutally murdered in Detroit was recognized Friday during a Transgender Day of Remembrance.
The 19-year-old whose given name is Henry Hilliard Jr., but who went by Shelly or Treasure, was last seen on October 23 at 1:20 a.m.
Hilliard's body was found dismembered and burnt with no identification near I-94 in Detroit, the same night she went missing.
Her body wasn't identified until Thursday after a media advisory was issued with identifying information, including the description of a tattoo.
Lyniece Nelson, the teen's mother, has said that a cab driver dropped Hilliard off at a home where three men were waiting, but the teen was concerned and called the driver back.
The driver reportedly said he heard a scream, but never called police
Police said they're investigating Hilliard's death as a homicide, but have not determined if it was a hate crime.
"She was happy with who she was," Nelson told the Detroit Free Press
. Hilliard is a native of Chicago but had been living in Detroit for the past seven years with her mother.