Metropolitan Washington D.C. police are offering a $25,000 reward to find the person who fatally stabbed Tyli’a "Na Na Boo" Mack on August 26. Mack and another young trans woman were attacked as they were walking to a drop-in center for transgender youth. Detectives are investigating this as a possible hate crime. The brazen daylight attack underscores the extent of anti-trans violence in out nation's capitol, reports Michael Lavers in EDGE Washington.
The Web site Remembering Our Dead indicates at least half a dozen trans Washingtonians have been murdered over the last decade. These include Stephanie Thomas and Ukea Davis, who were shot to death on Aug. 12, 2002, while they sat in their car in a Southeast intersection. Antoine Jacobs shot and killed popular entertainer Bella Evangelista on Aug. 16, 2003. And an unknown assailant bludgeoned Tyra Henderson to death in Northwest in April, 2000.
Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, maintains race and class remain a motivating factor behind the majority of anti-trans murders in Washington and elsewhere. "The kind of trans people getting murdered are not white, middle-aged transsexual women like me," she said. "It’s almost always lower income, trans-women of color. If you’re any of those things in the United States, you’re at the greatest risk of violence. It’s horrible."
In addition to being at the greatest risk of violence, the murders of black and Latina trans women are often unsolved, One notable exception: The hate crime killing of Lateisha Green, a young black transgender woman in Syracuse, NY. The attacker, Dwight DeLee, became only the second person in the United States convicted of a hate crime that involved the death of a transgender victim. The first conviction was the recent Angie Zapata case in Colorado.
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