D.C. police believe trans woman shot to death by security guard

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: District Police Chief Peter Newsham. Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key.

D.C. police say they are investigating a Dec. 29 incident in which a private security guard is believed to have fatally shot a transgender woman in a vacant apartment building in Southeast Washington after the woman allegedly began to shoot at the guard and another guard with him.

District Police Chief Peter Newsham announced at a Dec. 31 news conference at police headquarters that the woman’s body was found in the vacant building on Dec. 30, one day after an exchange of gunfire between an unidentified suspect and one of two security guards employed by the Metropolitan Tactical Elite Protective Services security company.

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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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