Link TW: description of murder
Andrey Bridges is charged with aggravated murder in the death of Cemia Dove.
Link TW: description of murder
Andrey Bridges is charged with aggravated murder in the death of Cemia Dove.
TW: discription of murder, misgendering, mention of drugs, transphobia
A 20-year-old transgender woman was found three weeks after she went missing half-naked with numerous stab wounds
TW: child abuse, murder, anti-gay bigotry
Game ranger course ‘general’ is on trial for murder, child abuse, neglect and allegedly forced teen to eat his own faeces…
TW: gun violence
An ongoing investigation into the shooting death of a Baltimore transgender woman presents little information into the cause of the crime. In fact, as details are being collected it remains unclear if this act of criminal violence was part of a hate crime.
29-year-old Rodney Little, affectionately known to many as Kelly Young, was found shot in a house in the 2200 block of Barclay Street on Wednesday morning. She was taken to a local hospital but later pronounced dead. Tanya Eley had this to say about her long time friend, “God knows whatever happened to her, God has them; they’re going to regret whatever they did to her because she was loved!”
Any information leading to the identity of the perpetrator should immediately contact Baltimore Police Homicide Division at (410) 396-2100. This and another near fatal shooting Friday night in the Weaverly Shopping Center has added to the death toll or gun violence in recent weeks in the city of Baltimore. Condolences to the family and friends of their love one.
MILWAUKEE - Five suspect now face murder charges in the disappearance case of Ebony (Evon) Young. Billy Griffin, 28, Ashanti Mcalister, 18, and Victor Stewart, 27, each now face murder charges. They previously had been charged with substantial battery. Ron Allen, 37 of Milwaukee, and Devin Seaberry, 23 of Milwaukee, were charged Wednesday after an investigation into the disappearance of Young. Young has been missing since Jan. 2, 2013.
In the criminal complaint, Griffin told police that he and Young were roommates. Young came home after leaving work on the evening of New Years’ Day. A bit later, Mccalister, Stewart, Allen and Seaberry, all allegedly with the Black P-Stones gang, came over to that home on the 5300 block of North 52nd Street.
According to the complaint, Stewart pointed a gun at both Young and Griffin, then told Griffin that he could return to the gang if he killed Young. Stewart told police that McAlister also put a gun to Young’s head, but Griffin said not to shoot Young in the kitchen. Griffin said in the complaint that while in the home’s basement, some of the others put a bag over Young’s head, and Young tried to fight back. Two of them allegedly strangled Young with a chain, then struck and kicked Young. Griffin further said in the complaint that after he went upstairs, he heard three gunshots.
Hours later, Griffin said Stewart called him and said “the deed is done.” According to the complaint, Stewart said they then put Young’s body in the dumpster. An investigation showed a fire happened in that dumpster. Young’s body has not been found.
Former National Rifle Association president Marion Hammer compared a proposal by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to ban assault weapons to racial discrimination. According to Hammer, “banning people and things because of the way they look went out a long time ago. But here they are again. The color of a gun. The way it looks. It’s just bad politics.”
Hammer’s comparison came during a discussion on NRA News about Sen. Feinstein’s plans to introduce legislation to ban assault weapons during the new Congress. Hammer warned that the United States government could engage in firearm confiscation “in order to control the masses.”
The NRA has not shied away from comparing gun regulations to past instances of discrimination. In August, the NRA issued a press release that compared a decision by the University of Colorado to house students who wish to carry guns on campus in their own dormitory to the infamous 1896 Supreme Court decision Plessy v. Ferguson, which laid the groundwork for racist “separate but equal” laws. NRA News host Cam Edwards struck a similar tone on his show regarding the University of Colorado policy, stating, “We are back to segregation now.”
Hammer has remained an active member of NRA leadership since serving as president of the organization between 1995 and 1998. In her capacity as the organization’s primary lobbyist in Florida, Hammer was reportedly instrumental in the 2005 enactment of the NRA-drafted ”Kill At Will” law in that state. Testifying before a task force to examine the law after it was connected to the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, Hammer stated that the NRA was “proud to have been a part of the process” in enacting the law.
by Melanie Nathan
Those of us who have kept a keen eye on Ugandan member of parliament David Bahati since 2009 when he first introduced the infamous Anti-Homosexuality Bill, otherwise known as the “Kill the Gays Bill” all believe that the man, David Bahati is quite capable of murder or that he may well be adept and capable of conspiring to commit murder. All specualtion of course. However and after all he did author a bill that is designed to kill gays. What would the difference be between state sanctioned murder and any other?
News of the death a week ago of outspoken Butaleja Woman MP, Cerinah Nebanda, came as a great shock to Uganda and the world.
“A few Members of Parliament have died in the past but none of them captured the country’s imagination the way this young, bubbly and courageous MP has. That can be explained by the fact that not only was she very young, aged just 24, her death was almost sudden as she was not known to be sick.,” notes ALL AFRICA. “More so, as one of the so-called NRM “rebel MPs”, she was a very active, vocal and critical legislator, which made her stand out. “
Now according to Ugandan press, almost a week after Cerinah Nebanda’s death, David Bahati finds himself a person of interest in the death of the young MP.
BY Julie Bolcer
An activist identified as a gay transgender man was killed in an apparent hate crime, the latest in a series of such incidents in South Africa. The Associated Press reports on Thapelo Makutle, who was found dead and with throat cut in a rented room in Kuruma in northwestern South Africa on Saturday. Police are investigating the crime as a murder. Jabu Pereira of the local LGBT rights group LEGBO told the AP that the lack of any theft and the appearance of the mutilated body suggested a hate crime, which would carry an enhanced penalty. “Makutle’s body was found under a blanket with his throat cut and tongue removed, Pereira said. His genitals were also cut off and put in his mouth, witnesses told Pereira.”
Pink News reports that Makutle, whom the police report said was 23 years old, identified as gay and transgender. The victim had recently been crowned Miss Gay Kuruman and was a drag queen known as Queen Bling. Makutle also volunteered for LEGBO. A memorial service is scheduled for Friday afternoon and local gay activists are planning a protest. News 24 reports that there have been at least 15 attacks against gay and lesbian people in the area in the past three months, and activists believe the police response has been weak. Shaine Griqua, director of LEGBO, said that a lesbian had been brutally murdered within the past month.
To read the full article, click the link above. Again, trigger warning for: details of graphic violence - including genital mutilation.
BY Diane Anderson-Minshall
TW: murder of trans* woman, possible hate crime
Marcel Camero Tye, a 25-year-old transgender woman in Arkansas, was murdered over a year ago, but despite criticism from local advoctes, investigators say they haven’t stopped looking for her killer even though the case is cold.
According to a new report on KTHV, Tye was found on Highway 334 in St. Francis County, Arkansas in March 2011. She had been shot to death and, most likely, dragged beneath a vehicle as the killer fled the scene.
Sheriff Bobby May of St. Francis County told KTHV that the FBI ruled that the murder was not a hate crime, but all the evidence the police department has gathered, including plaster impressions of tire tracks, DNA, and shell casings, have led nowhere. Tye’s murder and lack of a hate crime designation has been debated on local message boards (including one message from a friend of Tye’s who said the victim was “picked on by police, schoolmates, and strangers,” would never get into a car with a stranger, and would tell anyone propositioning her that she was transgender). But even with all that talk online, police say nobody has been talking with them and the even their best evidence is useless.
“It had rained considerably and the tracks were more like ruts in the side of the road,” said Sheriff May, who released a profile of the killer (a local, married man, between the ages of 25 and 50, who had previous relations with Tye). The police are now asking for assistance from Tye’s friends and other transgender locals, telling KTHV that some trans folks may not be talking out of fear of violence themselves.
There’s a 24-hour tip line (870-633-2611) where residents can call in information on the crime and remain anonymous.
Click the link above to watch the video of news coverage.
Rabbi Yehuda Levin, associated with the National Organization For Marriage (NOM), just blamed last week’s horrific murder of an 8 year-old New York City boy on gay marriage and what he sees as the complacency of the Jewish Orthodox community in Brooklyn, the boy’s home.
In February, Iraq’s Interior Ministry denounced the music and fashions known collectively as “emo” as Satanic. Shortly thereafter, leaflets began appearing in Shi’ite neighborhoods around Bagdad — Sadr City, Baya — bearing the names of local “emo” kids, urging them to give up their depravity and get right with God.
Police in Washington, D.C., have identified a possible homicide victim initially thought to be a transgender woman as Gaurav Gopalan, and in a separate case, arrested a man suspected of shooting a transgender woman on Monday.
The Washington Blade reports on the identification of Gopalan, 35, who was found dead early Saturday morning in northwest D.C. wearing women’s clothes, makeup, and carrying high heels. Police thought he may have been transgender, but local responses to a photo released by the city medical examiner’s office suggested he was a gay man, perhaps dressed in drag. The cause of death remained undetermined.
Also on Tuesday, police arrested a northeast D.C. man, Darryl Willard, and charged him with assault with intent to kill for shooting a transgender woman in southeast D.C. early Monday morning. The shooter turned himself in and the victim, who was not identified, is expected to survive.
According to the The Washington Times, “Police said the shooting did not appear to be related to two earlier shootings this summer that targeted transgendered women.”
The shooting and possible homicide heightened existing concerns about an apparent pattern of targeted violence against transgender women in D.C. Since July, at least one woman has been murdered and another shot in a northeast D.C. neighborhood, with no suspects identified. Also last month, a drunk off-duty police officer fired on a group of three transgender women and two friends in northwest D.C.