Karen Ocamb

ALERT: Trans Woman Murdered in Hollywood, Shots Fired at Another

Filed By Karen Ocamb | November 19, 2011 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: Cassidy Vickers, Hollywood, murder, Nathan Vickers, police sketch, West Hollywood

Thursday night at around 9:55pm, a transgender woman named Cassidy (aka Nathan Vickers) was shot in the chest and killed in Hollywood on Lexington Avenue and Gower Street.

transgender-murdered-in-Hollywood.jpgPolice believe the same suspect may have been responsible for the attempted robbery of another African American transgender woman in Plummer Park in West Hollywood. The LAPD Crime Alert says the incident apparently occurred around 10:25 pm when the suspect "fired at the victim once with a black semi-automatic pistol." The Alert says: "Suspect should be considered armed and dangerous."

LAPD Det. Jim Hays says that the suspect is described as a Black male, around 5' 9" tall, about 150 pounds, in his mid 20s-to-30 years old, with light facial hair, wearing a possible dark, hooded sweatshirt. He is believed to be a possible transient. He was last seen leaving Plummer Park riding a Beach-Cruiser-type bicycle.

Hays says the LAPD and the West Hollywood Sheriff's station are working closely together to find the suspect but would appreciate the public's help. If you have any information - please contact:

Hollywood Homicide Detectives: D. Vinton, Serial No. 31085, (213) 972-2901, 31085@LAPD.LACITY.ORG OR B. Goodkin, Serial No. 37039, (213) 972-2912, 37039@LAPD.LACITY.ORG

AFTER HOURS CONTACT HOLLYWOOD WATCH COMMANDER AT (213) 485-4628.

Police sketch of the subject is after the break.

Suspect-sketch-in-trans-murder.jpg

(Crossposted from LGBTPOV in a slightly different format)


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Solving the problem of the high rate of murders faced by minority Trans people has to begin within their communities. Minority on minority violence is not just a Trans issue and is a reflection of communities in decline. To fix the murder problem you have to fix the entire community a very difficult task.I am sorry for her and her family's loss.