On February 23, 2008, the 17-year-old black gay Fort Lauderdale, Florida man was shot to death at the corner of 10th Avenue and Sistrunk Boulevard in the wee hours of the morning. Police say Williams was wearing a dress and the vicinity is frequented by transgender prostitutes. Initial reports suggest two unknown men may have shouted anti-gay slurs and killed the 17-year-old. That lead has not panned out and police have made no arrests.
On Monday a candlelight vigil was held to remember the openly gay teen. The teen’s mother, Denise King, hopes the case will be solved. "It could happen again," King tells NBC 6. "And it’s going to be somebody else’s child and they will want somebody to step up, and speak and tell what they want."
Young black gay men and transgender women are often the victims of violence. Their murders rarely make Nancy Grace and routinely go unsolved. One year later and still nothing. Will detectives ever find Simmie Williams' killer?
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