India Clarke dreamed of being a hairdresser like her mother and cousin.
India was given the name Samuel at birth. Her mother, Thelma Clarke, called her a "miracle baby."
From a relatively young age, according to India's mother, the child was teased for being effeminate.
India played high school football, but only to try to please her father. She later told him she'd rather have been a cheerleader.
By 2011, according to friends, India was living full-time as herself. She posted selfies like this one on Facebook frequently. "I love me," she wrote on New Year's Eve 2011.
India, left, with her mom, Thelma Clarke. The two became closer in the later years of India's life. "Every day, a part of me is gone," Thelma Clarke said. "I am not the same."
India, left, with her family. She came out to them as transgender on Father's Day in 2013.
India's body was found shot at a park in Tampa, Florida, on July 21, 2015. "Just as we were getting closer and closer," said Thelma Clarke, India's mother, "this had to happen."