A candlelight vigil honoring the victim of a Centralia murder will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Pine Street Plaza in Centralia.
Rikkey Outumuro was found dead in the 800 block of South Gold Street the morning of Oct. 31 with five gunshot wounds to the chest.
Her suspected killer, Cristopher Allen Gaudreau, 28, of Centralia, was arrested that same day and has been charged with first-degree murder, domestic violence. He is currently being held at the Lewis County Jail without bail. He has an arraignment hearing in Lewis County Superior Court scheduled for Nov. 4.
The Pine Street Plaza is located at 100 East Pine St. in Centralia.
“This event is to honor the life and legacy of a devoted queer activist, advocate and pioneer who endlessly worked to improve the lives of the trans and queer community within Lewis County,” Hope Alliance Lewis County wrote while announcing the vigil. “Please join us in remembering her life.”
The local LGBTQIA+ community is mourning Outumuro.
She was a former Miss Gay Lewis County and was an active member of the Lewis County LGBTQIA+ community, performing at Pride events under the name Tru Starlet.
When she was crowned the first Miss Gay Lewis County in 2008, she told The Chronicle, “I think my job is to represent the gay community to Lewis County, and show people that we are real, and we are here, and more out than ever.”
She recently performed at Olympia’s pride festival hosted by Capital City Pride in June.
“It was a blessing to have her brighten up our stage,” said Capital City Pride in a Facebook post.
Capital City Pride has started a fundraiser on Facebook to aid Outumuro’s family with funeral expenses.
For more information or to donate, visit www.facebook.com/donate/2961499287433080/.
The Chronicle is working on an article focusing on the life of Rikkey Outumuro. Those interested in being included can contact Chronicle reporter Emily Fitzgerald at firstname.lastname@example.org.