D.C. Trans Coalition speaks after transgender stabbing victim dies


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“We are working with the police to try to identify the victim in this case. Please take some time today to check in on your friends and loved ones. If someone you know is missing, or you can’t get in touch with them, please let us know,” read a Friday statement from the coalition.

On Thursday evening, a Metro transit police officer found the victim at a bus shelter. Officers were called to the 4900 block of East Capitol Street about 8:15 p.m., according to a spokesman.

Police have not characterized the stabbing as a hate crime. But the incident is the latest in a string of violent crimes committed against members of the local trans community over the past year, beginning with a brutal beating of a 22-year-old transgender woman in Baltimore. Three transgender people were shot over the course of the summer last year, and in November, Russell Brock-Smith, 25, was convicted of assault after attempting to rob a transgender woman in Northwest Washington.

“There is no safe city — there is no safe state — for transgender people in the United States,” Lisa Mottet, a co-author of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, told NPR in September.

The survey found that over half of the 6,500 transgender Americans experienced serious discrimination, while 26 percent reported some type of physical assault.

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