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NCAVP mourns the double homicides of Ahmed Said and Dwone Anderson-Young in Seattle, Washington

The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) mourns the double homicides of Ahmed Said, 27, and Dwone Anderson-Young, 23, which occurred in the early morning hours of June 1, in the Central District of Seattle. According to local media sources, Ali Muhammad Brown, 30, has been charged with two counts of aggravated first-degree murder, and may have targeted the two men using an online dating or hook up app. According to local law enforcement, police have not ruled out the possibility that this double homicide was hate-motivated. According to prosecutors, Said and Anderson-Young did not know their alleged killer, and there appeared to be no additional motive, such as robbery, for the homicides. Brown is currently at large and is suspected in a recent car-jacking in New Jersey.

 

NCAVP mourns the death of Tiff Edwards, a transgender woman of color in Walnut Hills, Ohio; the fourth death of transgender women of color that NCAVP has responded to in June of 2014

The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) mourns the death of Tiff Edwards who was found shot to death in Walnut Hills, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati, on Thursday, June 26th. According to local media reports she was discovered by a sanitation worker and her body was lying in the middle of the road.

NCAVP has responded to the deaths of three other transgender women of color this June alone. Zoraida Reyes's body was discovered on Thursday June 12th behind a Dairy Queen, her death has been ruled suspicious by investigators because it is believed her body was moved to that location, but has not yet been ruled a homicide. On June 3rd, the body of Kandy Hall was discovered in a field in Northeast Baltimore in what local police believe to be a homicide. And on June 19th, the body of Yaz'min Shancez was found behind a Budget Truck Rental on Powell Street in Fort Myers, Florida. According to local media reports, local police believe her death to be a homicide, and her body had been burned.

 

NCAVP mourns the death of Yaz'min Shancez, a transgender woman of color in Fort Meyers, Florida; the third death of transgender women of color that NCAVP has responded to in June alone

The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) mourns the death of Yaz'min Shancez, a transgender woman of color who was found dead on Thursday, June 19th behind a Budget Truck Rental on Powell Street in Fort Myers, Florida. According to local media reports, local police believe her death to be a homicide, and her body had been burned. Yaz'min's relatives are speaking to press saying they believe this to be a hate crime. On Sunday night, June 22nd, Yaz'min's family and friends held a vigil to honor her life.

 

NCAVP Deeply Concerned About the Suspicious Death of Zoraida Reyes, a Transgender Woman of Color in Anaheim, California; Calls for National Awareness About Crisis of Violence Against Transgender Women of Color

The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) is deeply concerned about the death of Zoraida Reyes, a transgender woman of color in Anaheim, California. Zoraida was a well-known and well-loved transgender rights and immigrant rights activist who worked with numerous organizations including community groups such as the Orange County Dream Team, DeColores Queer Orange County and Familia. According to local media reports, Zoraida's body was discovered on Thursday June 12th behind a Dairy Queen. Her death has been ruled suspicious by investigators because it is believed her body was moved to that location, but has not yet been ruled a homicide.