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US: Suspect turns himself in following Cincinnati murder of trans woman

Nick Duffy July 16, 2014
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A man has surrendered himself to police, after a trans woman who was shot dead last month.

Tiffany Edwards was found by a refuse worker in Ohio three weeks ago, after she was shot and left in the middle of the road.

Police issued a warrant for the arrest of a Quamar Edwards, unrelated, who eventually turned himself in to police on July 2.

Quamar Edwards’ uncle Greg Mullins told a local news station that Tiffany had asked for a lift, and that he panicked when she hit on him.

While misgendering her, Mullins denied the attack was based on Tiffany’s sexual identity.

He said: “I hate this with a passion, ma’am, to even bring my nephew down here and walk him into the police station. But it’s the right thing to do.

This was never a hate thing. Mullins said.

“Apparently, he found out the boy was gay because he’s trying to hit on him and all other kinds of stuff.

“And I told you, my nephew gets an attitude about that now. I don’t know what happened after but this has nothing to do ’cause the guy was gay.”

Tiffany’s mother Temeka Edwards, said: “I never suspected the support that I’m receiving. I’m glad this vigil couldn’t have been on a better day. This guy turned himself in.”

In Florida, trans woman Yazmin Shancez was burned to death last month, and her remains left behind a dumpster at a rental facility.

Trans activist Zoraida Reyes was found dead last month in Anaheim, and police are treating her death as unexplained.

Baltimore trans woman Kandy Hall was found murdered in a field at the start of June.

A study by the Transgender Murder Monitoring project found that at least 238 trans people were murdered in the 12 months to November, though figures are likely to be underestimated.


Related topics: anti-trans, arrest, attack, murder, shooting, Trans, Transgender, transphobic, US

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