The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) is deeply concerned about two unsolved homicides of transgender women that occurred in the past week, both in Cleveland, Ohio, and which continue a disturbing trend of homicides of transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) people and TGNC people of color in the past few years. This is also the second and third homicide of a transgender woman in Ohio this year. Two of the three homicide victims were women of color, reflecting a national trend of violence against transgender women of color.
The New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) has learned of an anti-gay attack which occurred around 4:30 am on December 1st in Williamsburg , Brooklyn on Flushing Avenue near Spencer Street. According to media sources, Taj Patterson was walking home to Fort Greene when he was beaten by a group of a dozen or more Hasidic men shouting anti-gay slurs. Patterson was hospitalized at Woodhull Hospital for his injuries and has since been released. The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is currently investigating the incident.
AVP is outraged by the statement made in open court by John Scarpa, defense attorney to Rasheen Everett, at Everett's sentencing yesterday. Everett, 32, was convicted last month of strangling Gonzalez-Andujar back in March of 2010 in her apartment in Glendale, Queens. According to media reports, they had met through an advertisement, and Everett killed Gonzalez-Andujar when he found out that she was transgender. According to press accounts, in court yesterday, defense attorney Scarpa argued against a long sentence, saying "Shouldn't that be reserved for people who are guilty of killing certain classes of individuals?"
The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) has learned of the intimate partner violence related homicide of Matthew Rairdon, in Westbrook, Maine. According to local media reports, Patrick Milliner shot Matthew Rairdon to death in Rairdon's apartment before turning the gun on himself and completing suicide on Saturday, November 30th. Media reports state that Milliner was distraught over the end of their relationship.
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