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Vigil Planned for City Woman Who Died in Fall

By Staff Reports
The Tube City Almanac
May 29, 2020
Posted in: Announcements

A vigil will be held Saturday in Pittsburgh for the McKeesport woman who died after falling from the ninth floor of Midtown Towers, Downtown.

Central Outreach Wellness Center, a medical practice which specializes in treating members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, will host the vigil for Aaliyah Johnson, 32, beginning at 2 p.m. at its location on Pittsburgh’s North Side, 127 Anderson St.

Johnson was found dead Tuesday morning along the 500 block of Sinclair Street. County homicide detectives are investigating her death and said they believe she fell or jumped from her apartment window.

Foul play is not suspected, police said this week, but the cause and manner of Johnson’s death remain under investigation.

In a press release, Central Outreach said there will be a balloon release at 3 p.m. Saturday and Johnson’s friends and family are expected to make brief remarks.

Formerly of Swissvale, Johnson was transgender and had worked as a hair stylist, makeup technician, rapper and MC for events, and had a large social media following.

Central Outreach said Johnson was survived by two sisters, nieces and nephews.

The medical practice, which also has offices in Washington, Pa., and Aliquippa, said Saturday’s vigil also would honor Elisha Chanel Stanley, also known as Elisha Diamond, who died in September 2019 at age 46.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office said that Stanley, who also was transgender, died of an accidental drug overdose.

Friends of both Johnson and Stanley have expressed doubts about the circumstances surrounding their deaths.

In its statement, Central Outreach noted that “54 transgender women of color died in the United States in 2018 and 2019,” and said the practice “has asked authorities to open a full investigation” into both deaths.

Originally published May 29, 2020.

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