February 3, 2012 | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Transgender woman murdered at D.C. bus stop

An unidentified transgender woman died early Friday morning after being fatally stabbed about 8:15 Thursday night at a Metro bus stop in the 4900 block of East Capitol Street, N.E., D.C. police said.

According to a police statement, the department’s Homicide Branch is investigating the incident. As of Friday afternoon, homicide detectives had not been able to identify the victim.

Earline Budd, an official with the transgender services and advocacy group Transgender Health Empowerment, said investigators planned to bring one or more photos of the victim to the THC office with the hope that someone there could identify the victim.

The police statement says a citizen flagged down a Metro Transit Police officer about 8:13 p.m. Thursday to report an assault at a bus stop.

“Upon arrival, the officer located a transgender female who was unconscious and unresponsive suffering from a stab wound,” the statement says. “Units from the Sixth District and D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel responded to the scene. The victim was transported to a local hospital and was admitted in critical condition,” the statement says.

“On Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, at 2:35 a.m., the victim was pronounced dead. The decedent has not been identified at this time,” says the statement.

Captain Edward Delgado, director of the department’s Special Liaison Unit, which oversees the Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit, told LGBT activists in an email Thursday night that police have a partial description of a male suspect in the case.

“Apparently there was a fight with the knife involved,” Delgado said in his email. “An adult female (transgendered) was stabbed at least once to the head by a black male wearing [a] heavy dark coat with [a] grey striped hat.”

The separate statement released by the Metropolitan Police Department’s public information office says police offer a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons wanted for any homicide committed in D.C.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 202-272-9099. Anonymous information can be submitted to the department’s “TEXT TIP LINE” by text messaging 50411, the police statement says.

Two transgender women were murdered in the city in separate incidents in 2011. Both cases remain unsolved.

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

5 Comments
  • Why am i not getting these email and is there a picture somewhere to identify the body??

    • What bothers me the most is that on any given day or night the area is swarming with officers on patrol or posted up inconspicuosly in an effort to entrap speeders. My niece was a good spirited child and adult and could have used MPDs help! No DC resident deserves to be killed in their own city becuase MPD inadequately dispenses their resources!

  • FYI, given the previous transgender-related homicides last summer in 6D and elsewhere, there is considerable LGBT community concern that one or more perpetrators may be targeting transgender women in 6D and/or throughout the city.

    As of this posting on Friday (2/3) afternoon, there has been no news of this homicide posted on MPD’s SLU (aka, ‘SLD’) listserv, nor on MPD’s 5D and 4D listervs. So it appears there has been no widespread MPD request for information/ community help, nor has any alert been issued by MPD citywide.

    Everyone at MPD should be reminded that LGBT people live and work throughout DC. And LGBT residents interact throughout their lives with many other people, *both LGBT and straight*– again, *all across the city*.

    *ANYONE*– whatever their neighborhood of residence, work or recreation, and whether LGBT or straight– might be able to provide a lead to homicide investigators.

    So if MPD is serious about putting an end to these transgender-related homicides, why isn’t MPD publicizing these homicides (and seeking everyone’s help) promptly on all their listservs, citywide?

  • (Washington, DC)-Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch have announced the victim has been identified in the fatal stabbing which occurred in the 4900 block of East Capitol Street, Northeast and a person of interest is being sought.

    On Thursday, February 2, 2012, at approximately 8:13 pm, a Metro Transit Police Officer was flagged down for an assault at a bus stop in the 4900 block of East Capitol Street, Northeast. Upon arrival, the officer located a transgender female, who was unconscious and unresponsive suffering from a stab wound. Units from the Sixth District and DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel responded to the scene. The victim was transported to a local hospital and was admitted in critical condition.

    On Friday, February 3, 2012, at 2:35 am, the victim was pronounced dead. The victim has been identified as 23-year-old JaParker Jones of Northeast, Washington, DC, who is also known as “Deoni” and “Logan.”

    Detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the subject crossing the middle of the intersection in this videohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRonRazhiCA .The subject in the video is seen crossing the street toward the top of the screen as he approaches the bus stop. He is described as a black male with medium complexion, 30-40 years of age, with a beard. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a black jacket with a gray hooded sweatshirt underneath.

    The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons wanted for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia.

    Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.

  • Lord have mercy, and rest in peace, sister.

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