This week, a prominent leader in queer, Chicana and Korean communities was murdered in a crime spree in Georgia.
Catherine Han Montoya was killed inside her East Atlanta home, where she lived with her wife. Police have arrested Donte Lamar Wyatt, a suspect charged with stabbing his estranged wife earlier that day who is believed to have been connected to Montoya’s murder as well.
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights said Montoya “leaves a legacy of building bridges of unity and opportunity across multi-ethnic communities.” Montoya was the director of field immigration and capacity-building initiatives at the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the Leadership Conference Education Fund, and was also cochair of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, reports Dyana Bagby of LGBT outlet The Georgia Voice.
Friends of Montoya memorialized her on the Seeds of Love page on Facebook and launched a website organized to raise money for her family and offset funeral expenses, writing, “She was a shining star in our movement, a tireless champion for immigrant rights, for AAPI women’s rights, for racial and LGBTQ justice. She spoke truth to power with a smile and laughter, and lovingly challenged us all to be our better selves.”
Tragic loss for all of us. Our thoughts are with her loved ones.