Police say fatal attack on trans man unlikely to have been due to gender identity
Police have said that the beating of a transgender man at a homeless camp was not related to his gender identity.
Officers arrested four people in San Diego on Thursday after a manhunt following the May 23 attack.
The victim, Amos Beede, died on 28 May of his injuries.
The suspects in the attack, Erik Averill, Myia Barber, Allison Gee and Jordan Paul, were named by police on Thursday afternoon.
After the attackers are charged by Burlington police, they will be held in California where they were arrested.
“They’ll be held, and then Vermont authorities will be bringing charges and seeking extradition from San Diego to Vermont,” Ocean Beach, Sgt. Michael Tansey said.
None of the attackers have commented so far, but police have said they don’t think the fact that Beede was transgender had an impact on the incident.
The family of Beede posted a statement on the Pride Center of Vermont’s website saying he was not homeless.
Beede was a “friend to many”, said the statement, saying he had been at the homeless camp in order to help others there.
“The horrific, brutal attack that led to his death has had a tremendous impact on our family,” the statement added.
“We are heartbroken. A big piece of our lives has been ripped away from us way too soon.”