September 22, 2011 | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Man shot trans woman after being turned down for sex

A 20-year-old man arrested last week for allegedly shooting a transgender woman in Southeast D.C. solicited the woman for sex and attempted to rob her at gunpoint before shooting her in the neck as she sat in her car, according to a police arrest affidavit.

The affidavit, filed last week in D.C. Superior Court, says the woman drove herself to the Seventh District police station to seek help. It says police immediately called an ambulance, which rushed her to a local hospital.

While doctors stabilized her condition in the emergency room, the woman gave police information that led to the arrest of Darryl Willard on Sept. 23, one day after the 2 a.m. shooting took place, the affidavit says.

Police charged Willard with assault with attempt to kill after he surrendered at the First District police station. He’s being held in jail pending a court hearing scheduled for Sept. 23.

The incident was the fourth reported shooting or attempted shooting of a transgender woman in D.C. since July. Lashai Mclean, a 23-year-old transgender woman, died from gunshot wounds in the first of the shooting incidents on July 20.

The latest incident last week prompted transgender activist Ruby Corado to state at a news conference that these and other assaults against transgender women earlier this year have left the D.C. trans community in crisis.

The police affidavit for the Sept. 22 shooting case says the incident began when the victim picked up Willard in her car shortly before 2 a.m. at 22nd and Savannah streets, S.E. It says the woman told police she has known Willard for two and a half years and that he has paid her for sex in the past.

It says Willard’s request for oral sex came while the woman and Willard “drove around the area for approximately 15 minutes” before she stopped her car at 23rd and Savannah streets, S.E. to allow him to get out. It says the woman refused to give Willard her money. It says he then shot her “from very close range,” with a bullet striking her in the right side of her neck.

Transgender activist Earline Budd says the woman was in the hospital this week in stable condition.

At last week’s news conference, held outside D.C. police headquarters, Budd said the fact that some of the transgender women targeted in recent assaults and shootings have been involved in prostitution highlights societal prejudice and discrimination that has prevented many transgender women from finding work outside the sex industry.

“It’s out of necessity and out of survival,” she said. “It’s not that we want to be in prostitution.”

Budd said she was hopeful that a pilot jobs program initiated by D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray that reaches out to unemployed transgender people will result in job opportunities that won’t make it necessary for some trans women to turn to prostitution. The first group of transgender clients enrolled in the program began their training sessions last week.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

13 Comments
  • Another classic example of poor personal responsibility, accountability, and choices which led to another trans crime. Tisk, tisk, girls. When will you collectively learn?

    • Are you blaming transwomen for the crimes?

    • are you freaking serious, omg don,t tell me your a gay man right lol. Darls I probably transitioned when you were still teething, I bet you have an iphone and spend 23 hours a day on grindr so you opinion is probably a little mute but you manage to start some much needed dialogue so thanks for your input. I have many gay male friends and none of them would ever make such an abhorrent statement. This attitude is systemic and gay male society and some parts of gay female society (e.g Rad Femmes). This is why the trans community needs to break free of the GAY INC because its their job to keep us oppressed. We need to take control, which is what we are doing. Our biggest mistake has always been relying on the Gay Inc to help us. What they give us from one hand is taken with the other. Its all smoke and mirrors. Don’t let laurelboy upset you too much there are plenty of him out there. In fact in a way he is doing us a favour. Trans Misogyny seems to be a national pass time for alot of gay men and its a global phenomena. Its just hand me down discrimination which in a way is worse then the garden variety. To the Gay Inc, learn some respect and keep your nose out of our business and stop pretending you know anything about us or even tried to make an effort. Oh also as for the issue of trans tokenism, its great for funding however by the time you guys have squandered it (heaven forbid what on) we get fcuk all at the end. I take it The Blade is run by the Gay Inc like everything else and has very little investment in trans issues outside of the occasional token story. Well that,s what seems to happen here. Stop using us, stop having an opinion on us, stop trying to remove us from the pages of history (e.g. Stonewall), stop putting us down and treating us like accessories, stop with the stupid idiotic questions that straight people dont even ask. Just stop.

  • So he was arrested tomorrow? It’s not the 23rd quite yet.

  • I’m disappointed.

    No classist transphoic comments yet from laurelboy.

    • What, you didn’t see him clucking his murderous tongue at her “poor choices”?

      People – and I use the word loosely – like laurelboy are the reason college-educated trans women are forced into sex work.

  • “Another classic example of poor personal responsibility, accountability, and choices which led to another trans crime. Tisk, tisk, girls. When will you collectively learn?”

    @laurelboy
    REALLY?? Oh Come on!! REALLY???..
    How about telling that to the other 2 women who are trans, who were shot at through a windshield by a drunk, off duty cop standing on the hood of their car, after he chased them when they turned him down for sex. they were just walking out of a store when he approached them.
    Your smug, arrogance and deafening ignorance bogles the mind.. then again, people especially misogynist men, do not surprise us.

  • paula-transpanther

    @laurelboy

    REALLY?? Oh Come on!! REALLY???..
    How about telling that to the other 2 women who are trans, who were shot at through a windshield by a drunk, off duty cop standing on the hood of their car, after he chased them when they turned him down for sex. they were just walking out of a store when he approached them.
    Your smug, arrogance and deafening ignorance bogles the mind.. then again, people especially misogynist men, do not surprise us.

    We will keep making this point until the editors understand that just because the likes of “laurelboy” think it’s always the victims fault, that does not erase our identities and rights to live the same normal life as every other person in the world. Deleting our replies does not erase us, it just shows how you are not prepared to engage with a sector of society you seem to think deserve every violent act perpetrated against them as it must be somehow their fault for just existing. It wasn’t so long ago that gay men were being shot and beaten for just existing as well. Think about your history for a moment and then remember what it felt like to be erased and the anger it caused in your community. Now do we seem so extreme?. Paula – President Trans Panthers UK – No longer victims of hate!!

  • you continue to delete comments by trans people yet you leave that one awful comment, so what your doing is not allowing trans people to reply to a trans article. there is no reason why this post should be deleted.

  • by the way I am collecting screen shots of everything you delete, this is the thin edge of the wedge.

  • To all those who object to my original posting on this topic, apparently you’re unwilling, unable, or both, to realize the facts. Cite just one recent bad/unfortunate event to occur to a trans woman/women that occurred in broad daylight in front of a Safeway? Keep thinking because there are none. All the incidents occur at very late night/very early morning hours under the cover of darkness in sleazy neighborhoods. I maintain: poor/absent personal responsibility, accountability, and choices have led to more trans crime. Crystal clear.

    • [URL removed] http://www.washingtonblade.com/2011/09/13/teen-charged-in-mcdonald%E2%80%99s-trans-beating-sentenced-to-five-years/

      Beaten till she had a seizure, just for trying to use the women’s bathroom at a McDonald’s. The employees filmed it, and laughed while she seized. They then told her two assailants to go before the cops and ambulances arrived.

      God forbid you ever know the kind of pain you subject others to, Laurel. I really do think it would kill you to have to even try to hold the weight trans people do. Before you open your mouth next time, try to remember that the person you’re trying to strip the humanity off of was once someones child, just like you. How about you act like a person and show some respect and stop blaming the victim. You’re making the world a disgusting place to live.

  • @laurelboy2

    It doesn’t matter what time of day it was. It doesn’t matter what was occurring. It doesn’t matter that you THINK these factors make a difference.

    Cut and dry fact- it is never, and never will be, the victim’s fault. The man shouldn’t have resorted to violence, plain and simple, end of story. No one who is EVER raped, beaten, or otherwise assaulted (verbally or physically) is the one at fault. Ever. The only one at fault is the one who committed the crime. They (‘they’ being the aggressors) are people and have the ability to use self-control and not act like Neanderthals. THEY are the ones who made poor choices.

    It’s sad that people like you, who think otherwise, actually exist. YOU’RE the reason shootings like this happen- you think it’s fine because, hey, the victim was in the wrong place/doing the wrong thing.

    Wake up, moron, and stop shoving your screwed-up morals around as if they’re fact.

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