Members of the Wagga community have gathered to honour and remember a woman whose life was tragically cut short.
Mhelody Polan Bruno was set to return to her home in the Philippines just days before she was found unresponsive at a Tarcutta unit on September 21.
She was taken to hospital but died the following day.
Katielle Dyall-Smith, 23, said the death of the transgender woman shook her.
"I found out on Tuesday evening when a friend messaged me in a panic because all she heard was a trans woman had died," she said.
"There was a lot of panic and collective heartbreak. I have cried a few times, to say the least."
Ms Dyall-Smith also set up a GoFundMe page after speaking with friends and the brother of Mhelody to help them.
The 23-year-old also organised a vigil to give the community a chance to mourn the loss and stand in solidarity with each other.
"They said she was the main breadwinner for the family," Ms Dyall-Smith said.
"She sounded like an incredible person."
Rosie Warren said she was heartened by the response of the Wagga community in the wake of Mhelody's death.
"It has hit so close to home," she said. "As an Asian woman who is a strong ally to the LGBTQA community, it is just a tragedy, and we want to shed light on it."
Ms Warren said she hopes Mhelody can rest in the knowledge her legacy lives on.
Following the 25-year-old's death, a 31-year-old man was charged with manslaughter. He is set to face Wagga Local Court later this year.