Why we wrote about this: “As the mother of teenagers, my heart breaks for this family,” said Enquirer Editor Carolyn Washburn. “But this suicide took place in a very public place and manner; we needed to explain what happened. And it raises important issues we hope will prompt conversations in families throughout our region.”
In life, Leelah Alcorn felt alone. Born male, she feared she would never be the woman she felt like inside.
In death, the transgender 17-year-old – born Josh Alcorn – wanted to make sure others never felt the way she did.
“The only way I will rest in peace is if one day transgender people aren’t treated the way I was, they’re treated like humans, with valid feelings and human rights,” Alcorn wrote in a post on the social media blog site Tumblr.
“My death needs to mean something,” she wrote in the post, which she scheduled to appear the day after her death.
On Sunday, just before 2:30 a.m., Alcorn strolled 4 miles from her working class Kings Mills neighborhood with its perspectives of Kings Island to Interstate 71. There, she was struck and executed by a tractor-trailer. The roadway was shut for more than an hour.
By Tuesday nighttime, Leelah’s story had turned into an overall story – one of how transgender high schoolers regularly feel alone and perplexed. The hashtag #leelahalcorn was fixing Twitter; news locales worldwide had grabbed the story; and somebody had even made a Wikipedia page for Alcorn.
The State Highway Patrol keeps on investigaing; no charges have been recorded. Her body was sent to the Montgomery County coroner for a post-mortem examination, which will take a few weeks.
Alcorn’s family declined to remark to The Enquirer. In an announcement through the Kings Local School District, the family asked for security.
Alcorn’s mother, Carla Wood Alcorn, composed on Facebook Sunday, “My sweet 16-year-old child, Joshua Ryan Alcorn, went home to Heaven today. He was out for an early morning walk and was hit by a truck. Much obliged to you for the messages and benevolence and concern you have sent our direction. It would be ideal if you keep on keepping us in your requests to God.” The post has since been brought down.
As indicated by the school explanation, Alcorn went to Kings schools and was most as of late selected as an eleventh grader at the Ohio Virtual Academy, an online school.