Because Fells was well-liked and well-known in the community, people are coming forward to share their stories and help catch her killer. They are sharing emails, texts and information, Morrison says, adding that this is uncommon because "trans women tend to carry their secrets and hold their secrets.”
Philadelphia LGBTQ activist Kendall Stephens became close to Fells when Fells was living at Morris House, an in-patient treatment center for Trans people.
“Rem’mie exploded into my life,” Kendall tells PEOPLE. “She was just a vivacious, colorful live-out-loud person.”
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She remembers Fells working the runway at a fashion show held at the William Way LGBT Community center.
“She really captivated the entire room, it was all eyes on Rem’mie,” Stephens says.
Stephens mentored Fells and encouraged Fells to enroll in community college and steer her life in a new direction.
“Her life was cut short before she could see her dreams realized,” Stephens says. “She had many dreams, many hopes, and many desires. And she was taken away from us so horrifically.”
If you have any information about Fells' murder, or if you have seen suspect Akhenaton Jones, please contact the Philadelphia Police tip line at 215.686.TIPS (8477).
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