June 1, 2016 at 2:12 pm EDT | by Staff reports
Trans man beaten to death in Vermont
Amos Beede, Burlington, Vermont, trans man, murder, gay news, Washington Blade

Burlington, Vt. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

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.”

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  • So glad that Vermont has hate crime laws that extend to transfolk and that the culprits will get what is due. Vermont was one of the first states in the union to protect Transfolk with an anti-hate crime law back in 1990 when it first passed. The US federal government wouldn’t protect LGBTQ specifically until 1999 and after the death of Matthew Shepard.

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