Completing a Score

 photo KieshaJenkins_zpsp1u3toie.jpgKiesha Jenkins lived in North Philadelphia. At Oh-Dark-Thirty Tuesday morning, Keisha got a ride from someone to Hunting Park in Logan.

Upon exiting the vehicle Keisha was surrounded by five or six men who proceeded to beat her. Then one of the men took out a gun and shot her twice in the back.

When police arrived, they rushed Keisha to a hospital, where she was later declared dead.

The twenty-two year old transgender woman is the twentieth transgender woman in the US known to have been murdered this year.

Right now we don't have any motive. We don't know if it's potentially a hate crime or if it was a robbery. We really don't know. It's too early in the investigation to tell.

--Philadelphia Police Captain James Clark

Police are looking for the person who dropped her off or any other witnesses.

She had her witty ways,. She was wild in a good way. You wanted to be around her.

--Arielle Page. friend

This type of wicked, inhumane violence just has no place here. We can't take anymore. It's just too much.

It's time to do more than just solve each homicide as they happen. It's time to do more than just arrest these horrific people who commit these violent crimes. It's time to do the work beforehand. To look left and look right and know we have to get stand up with and stand up for our transgender and gender nonconforming individuals.

--Nellie Fitzpatrick, mayor's liaison to the LGBT community

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Some people have reached twenty-one in their count...including the transwoman shot to death by troops outside a government facility.

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i appreciate your work, and even though i don't comment much because as with the current diary i can't really think of much to say, i almost always read your diaries here.

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