Gender fluidity: Death and life

Brlington Iowa

A murder trial has begun in Iowa for the 2016 killing of Kedarie Johnson …At 16 years old, Kedarie Johnson stood out in this quiet city tucked beside the Mississippi River. He was black in a mostly white county in a mostly white state. His family had come from the West Side of Chicago, a city 100 times the population of Burlington. And he sometimes dressed in women’s clothes, favoring maxi skirts, decorated fingernails and hair weaves.

For all the differences, Kedarie was widely accepted: He was a popular junior at the high school, known for his infectious laugh and dazzling grin.

So it was all the more staggering to Burlington residents when Kedarie was found dead in 2016 — shot to death, a plastic bag shoved down his throat and his body doused with bleach — in a tranquil alley behind a row of houses up the hill from the river.

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