New developments in the horrific weekend shooting in Syracuse. First, friends and family now identify the victim as transgender and say Latiesha Green was in the process of transitioning. Police and media outlets originally identified the victim by her birth name, Moses Cannon, as did this blog. Our apologies.
Meanwhile, a judge denies bail for the Syracuse man accused of the bloody crime. Twenty-year-old Dwight R. Lee was arraigned on a single count of second-degree murder after police say Lateisha was sitting in a car with her 18-year-old brother Mark, who is gay, "when DeLee walked up, pointed a loaded .22 caliber rifle at [her] and shot [her] once in the chest."
Authorities say DeLee has "a history of weapons and drug charges" and the shooting was the result of DeLee’s extreme dislike for LGBT people. The Onondaga County District Attorney’s office says the hate crime charge "may be difficult to prove." If a hate crime charge is added to the second degree murder charge, if convicted, DeLee would receive a longer prison sentence.
Monday night about 75 people attended a candlelight vigil for Latiesha Green. Above at left is R The victim's family, as well as LGBT activists and members of Mothers Against Gun Violence, are pleading for tolerance and want the homicide prosecuted as a hate crime. "Who are we to tell people how to live?" asked her aunt, Callie Cannon. "We are not God. We're not supposed to judge."
Daimeon at Pam's House Blend grew up in Syracuse and says the senseless murder of another local LGBT person "isn't surprising. There are very few schools that participate in the Day of Silence. There are few bars or places where gay people can go and feel comfortable."
Ironically, this murder of yet another young black transgender woman—the second in as many weeks—comes as the nation prepares to mourn transgender murder victims. Thursday is the 10th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.
Some Background ...
Police Say Black Gay Syracuse Man Killed Simply for "Being Gay" [TPS]