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Tonya "Kita" Harvey

A staple in the Buffalo LGBTQ+ community is shot 6 times and killed

  • Last updated: May 25, 2022
  • Buffalo, NY
  • February 6, 2018


Tonya Harvey's life was tragically brought to an end on February 6, 2018. Tonya, also known as Kita, grew up in Buffalo, New York, and attended nearby Lafayette High School. Kita was a strong and faithful Christian throughout her life, according to her mother. She was also considered a staple in the Buffalo LGBT community.

Although she had been struggling with drug abuse at the time of her death as well as occasionally working as an escort, Tonya was known by all as a show-stopper, as well as a "fearless trailblazer. She was also described as a beautiful girl both inside and out. Friends of Tonya called her "Kita", and described her as a very bold and talented singer and song-writer, as well as a fantastic dancer, and an overall great performer. Finally, Tonya's family described her as having a loving heart, as well as being an intelligent and very gifted writer.

Tonya, age 35, was fatally shot shortly before 5:30pm on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 on Shepard Street in Buffalo, New York, and was declared dead at the scene. There is currently a $4,000 reward for information regarding Tonya Harvey's killer or killers.


  1. Date of Death:February 6, 2018
  2. Age at Incident:35
  3. Race:African-American / Black
  4. Gender:Female

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