Koko Da Doll, the subject of the critically acclaimed Sundance documentary Kokomo City, was shot and killed, and an arrest has been made in her death. A 17-year-old was arrested by Atlanta police on April 26 and is currently being held in the Fulton County Jail, officials said Thursday.
Following “Atlanta police homicide detectives were able to establish probable cause and secure arrest warrants for murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony,” the teen “apparently turned himself in,” the Atlanta Police Department said in a statement on Thursday.
The investigation that led to the arrest of the 17-year-old follows the discovery by Atlanta police officers on April 18 of a woman who had been shot and later pronounced dead at the scene of a shooting on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
However, Kokomo City director D. Smith identified the victim as Koko Da Doll (born Rasheeda Williams) in an Instagram post, calling her “the latest victim of violence against Black transgender women.”
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The Hollywood Reporter was directed to Smith’s Instagram post for clarification after representatives from Cinetic Media and Magnolia Pictures, who bought Kokomo City after its Sundance debut, declined to comment. Smith’s documentary included four Black transgender s*x workers, including Koko Da Doll, Daniella Carter, Dominique Silver, and Liyah Mitchell.
The documentary tracked their lives in New York and Atlanta while probing the chasm that exists between them and the Black community and the daily dangers they encounter. The NEXT Audience Award and the NEXT Innovator Award were both given to the film during the January Sundance Film Festival.
“Violence — both real and anticipated — is the most obvious thematic thread, but competing for space and attention is beauty.” THR writer Lovia Gyarkye said in her review of the documentary. “But competing for space and attention is beauty.”
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