Lawrence Burns

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April 9, 1958 – August 14, 1989

Lawrence Richard Burns was born in Detroit and for nine years worked at the Backstage restaurant, first as a waiter and later as assistant manager and bookkeeper.  A onetime resident of Palmer Park in Detroit, Burns lived in Westland.  He died from AIDS-related complications at age 41.

Cruise, August 23, 1989

Coko Williams

Coko Williams pic

October 1, 1976 – April 3, 2012

Coko Williams, a 35-year-old transgender woman who sometimes worked as a hairstylist, was found shot to death in Detroit’s Palmer Park neighborhood.  After Fox 2 Detroit identified her as a “male prostitute” in its report of the crime, activists launched a protest against the station for being transphobic.  There was also no evidence that Williams engaged in sex work.

Between The Lines, April 5, 2012