D.C. TRANS COMMUNITY IN CRISIS: transgender woman recovers from Monday shooting, additional body found on street

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September 13, 2011 | 4:46 pm
(Updated: February 22, 2013 | 4:39 pm)

The troubling list of recent violent attacks on trans people in Washington D.C. grew still longer this week: a woman was shot in the neck on Monday by a 20-year-old District of Columbia man who is now in custody.

Another individual initially thought to be trans – biologically male and wearing makeup – was found dead on a D.C. sidewalk over the weekend.

Weeks ago, an off-duty D.C. police officer shot through the roof of a car at a transgender woman who had turned down his sexual advance in a neighborhood drug store, injuring passengers. At a rally protesting the violence, two Latina trans women spoke openly of being attacked in separate unreported incidents this year, one by a partner and the other in a public area at night. And earlier this summer, one trans woman was shot and killed, while another was shot at but survived.

The victim of the most recent shooting is currently in a hospital and expected to survive; police arrested suspect Daryll Willard today.

No violent injuries have been found on the body discovered on a D.C. sidewalk and police are still hoping to determine whether foul play could have had a role in the death.

From the Associated Press:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police in the nation’s capital are investigating the overnight shooting of a transgender person and the weekend death of an unidentified man wearing makeup and carrying high heels, authorities said Monday.

The shooting victim was expected to survive and police have identified a suspect in that case and expect to make an arrest, authorities said. Police are investigating the death of the man in makeup as a homicide but say they aren’t immediately certain that a crime occurred as no visible sign of trauma was found.

The shooting in the city’s Southeast section is the latest in a series of attacks in recent months that have victimized transgender people in the District of Columbia and raised concerns through the community of transgender, gay and lesbian people. Police, however, say they have no indication that the crimes are related.

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