Pregnant Trans Man Murdered Outside His Winter Haven Home

Camdyn Rider. Photo via Facebook.

Camdyn Rider, a 21-year-old pregnant trans man, was murdered by his partner outside his Winter Haven home on July 21, the Human Rights Campaign has announced. 

Rider and his 26-year-old fiancé, Riley Groover, got into a fight and he was killed when Groover shot him multiple times. Groover then turned the gun on himself and died by suicide. At eight months pregnant, Rider’s unborn baby did not survive.

“Once again, intimate partner violence — made even more dangerous by too-easy access to a firearm — has ended someone’s life, destroyed a family, and shocked our conscience,” said Tori Cooper, the director of community engagement at the HRC’s Transgender Justice Initiative. “Camdyn’s life had barely gotten started, and he had so much potential.”

In June, Rider announced on Facebook that the couple was expecting a baby boy, who they would name Oliver John Lee.

“I'm so excited and couldn't be happier,” he wrote. “Oliver John Lee will be loved by many! I can't wait for this journey with you my love.”

In a press release from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office — which did not name Rider but misgendered him — family told law enforcement that the couple had argued in the past and it had turned physical before. Groover also had arrests dating back to 2014 for charges like aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and domestic violence.

"When the suspect became enraged, family members and neighbors did everything they could to help [him] get away from him. Please keep this family in your prayers," Sheriff Grady Judd said.

Rider is the 15th reported murder of a trans or gender-nonconforming person in the country, according to the HRC. The advocacy organization said that in its study “An Epidemic of Violence 2022,” one-third of trans and gender-nonconforming people were murdered by someone they knew. Intimate partners accounted for 19% of murders.


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