CINCINNATI (AP) — Multiple vigils are planned this weekend and in the days ahead in the memory of a 17-year-old transgender girl following her apparent suicide in southwest Ohio.
Leelah Alcorn was struck and killed by a truck while on foot on Interstate 71 early Sunday morning. Ohio authorities are still investigating.
A post on Tumblr attributed to Alcorn mentioned plans for suicide, and expressed despair and pessimism. Accounts of the death have prompted appeals from activists for more understanding and acceptance of young people who convey that they are transgender.
Among events planned is a candlelight vigil Saturday evening at Kings High School, which Alcorn had attended. The group Marriage Equality Ohio says it's meant to be a night to spread acceptance.