The family and friends of Alloura Wells, a homeless transgender woman who disappeared last summer, held a ceremony in her memory on Tuesday at a funeral home in the gay village.
The 27-year-old woman’s body was found by friends the following month in a ravine in Toronto, not far from where she had disappeared.
Her body was not identified until December because she was not reported missing until November 6th. The cause of her death has not been revealed, but she is not considered suspicious.
Relatives of Ms. Wells, who was a sex worker, blame the police for not taking her disappearance seriously initially.
It is very unfortunate and our community is really upset by the way things have been managed.
Xica Rodriguez, friend of Alloura Wells
According to Xica Rodriguez, Alloura Wells was “an active member of the LGBT community”. “She was really loved and we miss her a lot.”
“I remember his sense of style, his laughter. She was a great singer, she was very easy to approach, she was just a great soul who died too young, “said her friend LGBTQ activist Nicki Ward.
The City of Toronto covered funeral and cremation costs, while LGBTQ activist groups and friends raised money to buy the urn and flowers, and to provide financial support to the Wells family.