Trans woman shot to death near Washington DC

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Police in Fairmount Heights, Md., a small town in Prince George’s County just across the border from D.C., are appealing to the public for information about the murder of a 27-year-old transgender woman who was found shot to death on a street about 6:30 a.m. on March 30.

Neither Fairmount Heights police nor P.G. County police, who have taken over the investigation of the murder, had released the woman’s name or identified a possible motive for the killing as of March 31. But friends who knew her informed D.C. transgender activist Earline Budd that the woman’s name is Ashanti Carmon, a D.C. resident.

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Hung jury in trans murder case sparks courthouse protest

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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About 70 transgender activists and their supporters turned out on March 12 for a protest outside the D.C. Superior Court building after a trial at the courthouse of two men charged with the 2016 murder of transgender woman Deeniquia “Dee Dee” Dodds, 22, ended last week with a hung jury.

Organizers of the protest pointed out that the deadlocked jury in the Dodds case marked the second time in less than two years that male perpetrators charged in the murder of young transgender women of color in D.C. ended without a conviction.

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Third suspect charged in D.C. trans murder

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. of the Washington Blade, courtesy of National Gay Media Association
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D.C. police on Wednesday night announced they have arrested a third suspect in the July 4 fatal shooting of 22-year-old transgender woman Deeniquia “Dee Dee” Dodds on a street near her home in Northeast Washington.

In the same announcement police released a photo of a fourth suspect in the Dodds murder who remains at large and who police said should be considered armed and dangerous.

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