Philadelphia Woman Becomes Fifth Transgender Person Killed in 2019

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05/21/2019

Michelle “Tamika” Washington, 40, is the fifth transgender person killed in 2019, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) reports. A longtime trans-rights advocate, Washington was fatally shot Sunday in North Philadelphia. According to CBS, officers discovered Washington’s body around 5 a.m. with multiple gunshot wounds to her head and body. She was transported to Temple University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Amber Hikes, executive director of Philadelphia’s Office of LGBT Affairs, released a statement about Washington’s death. “I am devastated by the senseless murder of yet another one of our trans sisters. Tamika was a brilliant and outgoing member of Philadelphia’s transgender community, known for her advocacy and mentorship, and she will be profoundly missed,” she said.

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