Ashley Sinclair’s body was found in a wooded area in the Oak Ridge Area of Orange County.
She was well-known in the drag and transgender community often performing here at Orlando’s Parliament House.
Friends said they are shocked to hear about her sudden death.
Addison Taylor has known Sinclair for more than 15 years.
“She was always that type of person that just always had a smile on her face and always had a kind word to say. She never wished ill upon anybody,” Taylor said.
Taylor also works at the Parliament House on Orange Blossom Trail and Ashley, who went by the stage name of “Mahogany Singleton,” would often perform on Tuesdays.
Sinclair’s body was found early Thursday along a wooded area near Rio Grand Avenue in the Oak Ridge Area and investigators are saying her death is a homicide.
Neighbors said they saw a black sedan approach the area before four shots were fired.
Taylor said it’s a tragedy when something like happens, an event the brings an already tight-knit community even closer.
“As gay people, lesbians and transgenders a lot of times we are outcast from our families so we have the blessing of being able to choose who we call family,” Taylor said. “I can honestly say she was one of these most sweetest, kind and humble people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.”
Anyone with information regarding this homicide investigation should CrimeLine at 800-423-TIPS (8477).