All Black lives matter. Deshawnda Sanchez, a 21-year-old transgender woman, was shot several times and killed on the front porch of a South Los Angeles home as she pounded on the door for help from her killer.

A neighbor’s surveillance camera shows a car pulling up around 4 a.m. Someone gets out and runs up to the house. A person is then seen running back to the car and driving away. The LAPD is still searching for the killer.

While detectives suspect this was a robbery and are not ruling out any other possibilities, Deshawnda’s twin sister believes it was a hate crime due to her sister’s gender identity.

“Our country is faced with a deadly epidemic targeting transgender women of color, black youth, and black men that is fueled by hate and discrimination,” said Rev. Darlene Nipper, deputy executive director at the National LGBTQ Task Force in a statement released today. “Together as a nation, we have the moral imperative to dismantle racism, transphobia, homophobia, and every form of discrimination. No one should ever fear for their life and safety simply because of who they are or who they love. We call on local authorities to use every tool in their power to bring justice to Deshawnda, her loved ones, and the entire transgender community.”

ELIXHER will continue to closely monitor this story. Our thoughts and condolences are with Deshawnda’s family. Rest in power.

 

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