BURLINGTON, Vt. — A transgender man who was beaten near a homeless camp in Vermont’s largest city died on May 22.
WCAX, a local television station, reported that Amos Beede suffered head trauma, facial fractures and broken bones during the attack that took place in Burlington.
Lt. Matthew Sullivan of the Burlington Police Department told WCAX that investigators have identified two people as persons of interest.
“I don’t know what the motive is exactly,” said Sullivan. “We’re looking at different aspects of the crime. I believe there are multiple different motives that are on the table currently and so I would be cautious as to hazard a guess.”
Kim Fountain, executive director of the Pride Center of Vermont, said in a statement that Beede was a “well-known figure along” Burlington’s Church Street and within the city’s homeless community. She also noted that he visited her organization’s offices.
“He was always very cheerful when he came in to visit and spend time with his friends,” said Fountain. “He was out about being a transgender man and I think he felt at home at the Pride Center.”