Shooting death of transgender woman may be a potential hate crime

Shooting death of transgender woman may be a potential hate crime
DA investigating death of transgender woman as possible hate crime
The 35-year-old victim, originally identified as male, was struck by gunfire and declared dead at the scene on the 100 block of Shepard St. Tuesday evening, WIVB.com reported.

“The DA’s Office is also extremely concerned about a spike in homicides of transgender people across the country and will be, as part of this investigation, looking into whether or not this is a potential hate crime,” Flynn said.

Photos from Tonya Harvey’s Facebook profile. Tonya HarveyTransgender woman Tonya Harvey fatally shot in Buffalo, New YorkBy Anna Swartz | Feb. 8, 2018Tonya Harvey, a 35-year-old transgender woman, was fatally shot on Tuesday in Buffalo, New York, in what is at least the third homicide of a transgender person in the United States so far this year.

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Erie County District Attorney John Flynn is investigating the death of a transgender woman on Shepard St. this week as a potential hate crime.

Flynn’s office released a statement on the matter, which said “The Erie County District Attorney’s Office, along with Buffalo Police, is investigating the death of a transgender woman killed on Shepard Street. The DA’s Office is also extremely concerned about a spike in homicides of transgender people across the country and will be, as part of this investigation, looking into whether or not this is a potential hate crime.”

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