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Trans woman killed in Cleveland; 14th in U.S. since start of 2018

Keisha Wells, a Cleveland trans woman was shot and killed last weekend.
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The second transgender woman to be killed in Cleveland in four months was reported on Sunday, making her the 14th killed in the U.S. since the beginning of 2108. 

Family members and members of the LGBT community identified the woman as Keisha Wells, 54.

Her aunt Regina Spicer said Wells was also known as "Pokey" by family members who had a deep adoration for her many nieces and nephews. 

"Pokey was funny," Spicer said, according to Cleveland.com, "Pokey liked laughing and telling funny stories about people. But when (she) loved you and cared about you, (she) loved you."

Her aunt says that Wells loved decorating, family time and she was a good person who never harmed anyone.

"Everybody has a right to live the way that they choose to live, and their lives not taken," said Regina Spicer, Well's aunt.

Wells' mother and brother had recently died and her sister has been in a coma since last year.  

The police have not categorized her death as a hate crime, but local activist Divinity at the local LGBT Center has her doubts. 

"My opinion is that they are targeting these people because they feel that they are hush, no one is going to care, nobody from that particular side of the fence has anybody that is going to care for them, so let's target these particular people because I won't get anytime and I'll get away with it," said Divinity.

Reports say that Wells was at a bar called Cocktails the night she was killed, her body was found at about 7 am only a few blocks away with 11 bullet casings left t the scene. 

She didn't have an identification card on her at the time which made it difficult to identify her say police. 

There have been no arrests made in the case. 

"We will definitely do what we can to make sure that justice is served," said Wells' aunt overcome with emotion.