Righteous Torrence “Chevy” Hill, a Black Trans Salon Owner, Reportedly Killed in Atlanta Last Week

This article mentions the death of a Black trans person.

Righteous Torrence “Chevy” Hill, a beloved member of Atlanta’s LGBTQ+ community, was reportedly killed last week. He was 35 years old.

While details on the circumstances of Hill’s death remain scarce, many have taken to social media to pay tribute to his life. Known as “Chevy” and “TK” to loved ones, Hill was the owner of Evollusion, a salon where he sought “to create a haven where the barbershop experience transcended into a space of safety and affirmation for young black queer individuals,” according to the Atlanta-based Black trans advocacy organization Solutions Not Punishment Collaborative (SnapCo). The salon posted to Facebook on March 3 to inform people that Hill had passed, writing, “The kind words and shared memories makes our hearts smile and eases the pain. We know the awesome person Righteous was, but seeing the place he holds in you guys heart brings some joy to our difficult days.”

Model and activist Yves Mathieu posted to Instagram on Tuesday to pay tribute to Hill and provide details about his life. “growing up as young black queer boys/kids, the barbershop experience can sometimes be a tricky space to occupy, this was something that Chevy understood and wanted to cultivate a space of safety where you can also get the affirming look and style you want, and he did exactly that,” Mathieu wrote.

SnapCo posted to Instagram on Thursday, sharing the details of Hill’s homegoing service and calling him “a soul who radiated love and light.”

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In a statement to Them, SnapCo executive director Toni Michelle said that while the details of Hill’s murder remain unknown, “we are holding space for us, his friends, and chosen family in Atlanta as we grieve.”

“Gun violence is plaguing our community and anti-trans rhetoric and legislation fuels the violence that Black and trans people face each day,” she said. “We pray that justice for Chevy, as well as the people who knew and cherished him the most, will be served in our lifetime. We must pledge to protect one another, and practice that commitment.”

Michelle concluded her statement by asking people to sign onto SnapCo’s pledge to protect Black people and trans people.

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