June 17, 2020

The following statement can be attributed to Keith and Terri Edmonds, parents of Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells:

“The outpouring of care and support has been unimaginable, but now we must ask that you please give us time to properly lay our daughter to rest. We must focus on mourning this loss as a family first. We must work on giving Dominique the homegoing that she deserves.

“We understand the impact that losing Dominique has had on everyone. That is why we want you to know that a light has not been dimmed. Instead, a fire has been ignited and we want to make sure that fire stays lit.

“Our ultimate goal is to ensure that no family has to experience what we are experiencing now. It is critical that all of us center in our words and in our actions the importance of understanding and appreciating all people, including Black transgender women. But first we must focus on the sacred responsibility we have to lay our daughter to rest.

Please respect our privacy during this time.”

Please direct any further media requests to Anna Castro at anna@transgenderlawcenter.org or Sue Yacka-Bible at sue@transgenderlawcenter.org.