PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia police say a group of men attacked a transgender woman before killing her.
Capt. James Clark of the Philadelphia Police Department told the Philadelphia Inquirer that Kiesha Jenkins, 22, of North Philadelphia was dropped off at the intersection of 13th and Wingohocking Streets around 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 6.
He told the newspaper that several men surrounded Jenkins and beat her. Clark said one of the men shot her twice in the back.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Jenkins died at a nearby hospital.
Nellie Fitzpatrick, who is Mayor Michael Nutter’s LGBT liaison, described Jenkins’ death as a “tremendous and tragic loss for our entire city.” Social media users have also been using the hashtags #KieshaJenkins and #SayHerName to pay tribute to the murdered trans woman.
Twenty transgender people have been reported killed in the United States so far this year. These include Lamia Beard, who was shot to death in Norfolk, Va., in January.
Police have yet to make any arrests in Jenkins’ death.