Spectrum Local News reports.“I wake up every morning crying, like, ‘Who took my baby away from me? Why would you do that? Oh, God, why?’” Hemingway’s mother, Jackie Powell, told the outlet this week.Hemingway had just turned 30.

She had studied at Hudson Valley Community College and then earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Albany, where she had received an award for her academic achievement and community activities. “She was always proud of who she was and so was I,” Powell told Spectrum.“Hemingway was a light in every room she entered,” notes a Human Rights Campaign press release.

She “should still be alive today to share her beautiful smile” and pursue her “bright future,” Tori Cooper, director of community engagement for HRC’s Transgender Justice Initiative, said in the release.