She lived in motels for the last year.
When police found her dead April 16 at the Red Roof Inn in Rockville, 22-year-old Keyonna Monroe Blakeney was just three weeks away from living in her own apartment with a chance to restart her life.
"I told her, 'Get your GED or your high school diploma, I will help you get back on your feet,’" said her father Kenny Linton.
At an April 22 vigil in Rockville, Linton told the crowd of about 50 transgender people and cis-gender allies he wanted to become an advocate for them because too many people "don't understand" what it means to be transgender.
"I'm here to support my daughter. I love her. I miss her," he said, later adding, “I told her every day that I loved her,"
Blakeney became the second transgender woman murdered in Montgomery County in six months, apparently dying after a robbery went south.
On May 10, police arrested two men who they said confessed to murdering her. Their preliminary hearing is set for June 10 in Montgomery County District Court.