D.C. police suspect a transgender woman who was found unconscious on the street at 11th and Fairmont streets, N.W., about 4 a.m. Saturday and who died a short time later at Howard University Hospital was the victim of a homicide.
But according to police sources, an official classification of the case as a murder won’t be made until the city’s Medical Examiner’s office completes an autopsy on the as yet unidentified woman.
Members of the police Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit, who were called to the scene where the woman was found, immediately contacted transgender activists Earline Budd and Ruby Corado, who are on a police LGBT community alert network, to provide assistance in the case.
Budd said the victim was also Latino and Corado, who coordinates a transgender Latino response group related to anti-LGBT violence, was expected to help police identify the victim.
About an hour after the fatally injured transgender woman was found at 11th and Fairmont streets, the GLLU was called to help in a separate case in which three transgender women were threatened by a suspect with a gun on the 4000 block of Minnesota Ave., S.E., according to a police source. The source said police arrested the suspect on a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon – bias related.
None of the victims were injured, the police source said.
Budd said the GLLU also contacted her about the assault incident told her the incident started on a Metro bus, where the victims were reportedly confronted by the suspect.
The Blade will provide updates on these incidents as information becomes available.