Koko Da Doll was killed in the shooting around 10:40 p.m. April 18, Cinetic Media, the publicity firm representing the film "Kokomo City," said.
On Wednesday, a 17-year-old male turned himself in after a warrant was obtained for murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, Atlanta police said. Atlanta police said that three transgender women had been killed in the city this year. They also said they understood and shared concerns about hate-motivated crimes.
"In these cases, our investigators have not found any indication the victim was targeted for being transgender or a member of the LGBTQ+ community, and these cases do not appear to be random acts of violence," police said in a statement.
"Kokomo City" highlights the stories of four Black transgender sex workers in New York City and Georgia. Koko Da Doll, also known as Rasheeda Williams, was one of the film's subjects. At its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January, "Kokomo City" received three major accolades, including the Sundance Audience Award.
A week before Koko Da Doll's death, another Black transgender woman was killed in Atlanta. Police responded around 4:22 a.m. on April 11 to an apartment complex and found the victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. 37-year-old hairstylist Ashley Burton was pronounced dead at the scene.
Atlanta police are also investigating a shooting that occurred on January 9 at an apartment complex. A transgender woman was transported to the hospital in critical condition.
At least three transgender women, Brazil Johnson, Regina Allen, and Cashay Henderson, have been killed in Milwaukee. The murders are leading to worries about violence against people in the LGBTQ+ community.
The Human Rights Campaign has recorded at least nine violent deaths of a transgender or gender non-conforming person so far this year. Often"these deaths go unreported or misreported."