Trans Woman Found Stabbed at Bottom of Pond, Body Tied to Concrete

acoff-1A body found  last month in an Ohio pond has been identified as 20-year-old Carl Edward Acoff, Jr., who police say self-identified as a woman.

She was identified earlier as Cemia Acoff, but friends say she went by the name Cemia “Ci Ci ” Dove.

Acoff was found wearing three black bras, a red Betty Boop tank top, light black hooded jacket and was nude from the waist down. Her body had been stabbed numerous times and tied to a steel pipe and a block of concrete before being dumped into a retention pond in Olmstead Township.

No stranger to police, Acoff had been previously arrested for assault, inducing panic and disrupting public service. According to The Plain DealerAcoff’s death marks the end of a “long fight for acceptance”:

In November 2010, RTA police said they were checking bus riders for proof of purchase when “we came across a female later identified as Carl Acoff. . . . Acoff gave us verbal information stating that he was a female.” Acoff later acknowledged that legal documents listed his identity as a man.

Six months later, RTA police again stopped Acoff, who was carrying drugs and hormones used to treat low estrogen in women, according to a police report.

The Plain Dealer‘s coverage of the story, however, has been denounced by GLAAD, which released a statement calling for them to respect Acoff’s gender identity.

“You can’t judge nobody by what they’re wearing or none of that so what, he dressed like a girl, whatever,” Acoff’s cousin Nicole Cantie told Cleveland’s Fox 8. “He ain’t deserve to die like this. They didn’t have to do him like this.”

Acoff was reported missing in Cleveland on March 27. Authorities say she was stabbed to death and may have been killed some time ago based on how badly the body was decomposed.

Olmstead Township Police Chief John Mineck wouldn’t provide many details as the investigation is still ongoing and would not say if there are any suspects in Acoff’s murder.

TransOhio is taking donations to assist Acoff’s family.

Photos: Fox 8

(h/t: Gay Star News)

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  • Gigi Gee

    Her name was Cemia “Ci Ci ” Dove.

  • Hansolo

    And the struggle continues. Very Sad.

  • ak

    To make it even worse, some of the original coverage included a mass amount of misgendering and degrading statements (such as ‘oddly dressed man’).

  • viveutvivas

    Let’s see if the media gives this as much attention as the Matthew Shepard case.

  • niles

    Three bras?

  • sfbeast

    horrible and sad. and apparently a very difficult life. but what is ‘inducing panic’?

  • Charli Girl

    Just terrifying that a human being can be so frigen insecure with themselves that somewhere inside them hides the need to take another human life bc they don’t understand or bc someone is different than them. If they can take a life for this,you can be damn sure NO ONE or NO animal is safe from this P.O.S.!!!!
    I’m ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY SURE that ANY run in with police were BECAUSE she was fighting to be HERSELF!!! And wil be accused of being a criminal when in fact she was just fighting to be who she was!!!!

  • oilburner

    @niles: a drag queen stated to me that wearing multiple bras gives the illusion of breast

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