New developments in the senseless and tragic murder of Lateisha Green, a young black transgender woman in Syracuse, New York. The victim was in the process of transitioning and reportedly shared this information with the alleged shooter. Will the homicide be prosecuted as a hate crime?
The Human Rights Campaign has thankfully taken a keen interest in this case and reports there was a conversation between Green and shooting suspect Dwight R. Lee. "Syracuse Police Chief Gary Miguel said the suspect had no prior knowledge of the victim before this incident. At the party, a conversation between the victim and the suspect led to the victim sharing his sexual orientation and the fact that he occasionally dresses as a female, Miguel stated. It was at this time the suspect retrieved a rifle and shot the victim."
The Syracuse Police Department is now "investigating the case as a hate crime." The Onondaga County District has yet to beef up the murder charges.
"Lateisha’s senseless death demonstrates the increased risk of violence transgender people face," says Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund executive director Michael Silverman said. "The Syracuse Police Department and District Attorney Fitzpatrick must fully investigate this crime and file all appropriate charges-including hate crimes charges—against the assailant."
Authorities believe Lateisha Green was "lured" to the party. The family wants hate crime charges and life imprisonment against the shooter and "the person who lured [her] there should get the same,"says Rhonda Green, mother of the deceased.
Some Background ...
Black Syracuse Man Killed Simply for "Being Gay" [R20]
No Bail for Syracuse Suspect, Victim ID'd as Trans [R20]