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Friday, September 16, 2016

Transgender Woman Murdered in Baltimore

Crystal Edmonds  Photo Courtesy of WBAL-TV
Crystal Edmonds, 32, a transgender woman, died the afternoon of September 16 from a gunshot wound she received to the back of her head at 3:18 a.m.   She was found on the sidewalk at the 3600 block of Fairview Avenue in Northwest Baltimore, according to T.J. Smith, Baltimore City Police spokesman, and taken to a hospital where she died.
Police do not know the motive or why Edmonds was in the area at the time and will investigate.  Police are canvassing the area.

With Sgt. Kevin Bailey, the police liaison to the LGBT community, at his side, Smith said at a news conference at the scene that day that anyone who could commit this heinous crime could do it again.  Bailey has already met with and spoken to advocates of the LGBT community concerning this crime.  Smith said  that the “transgender community is sometimes a vulnerable community, sometimes targeted by people.”
Local activist Merrick Moses posted on Facebook, “Anyone in the community feeling overwhelmed by the violent loss of another of our sisters can reach out to Hearts & Ears. Black Transmen Inc. member Ken Jiretsu has volunteered to keep the doors of Hearts and Ears open for extended hours t​o ​provide peer support from 6-9 p.m. this evening for community to process. A counselor will be available during those hours for added support.​ Hearts & Ears is located at
611 Park Ave​nue, Suite A​, Baltimore, MD​ 21202​. “

Police are asking for the public and community’s help. A reward of up to $2,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest and indictment. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-396-2100 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-7LOCKUP, or text a tip to 443-902-4824.

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