3 men charged of murdering a trans woman

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Three men have been indicted in connection with the murder of Deeniquia Doods, a transgender woman of color shot to death last year. Jalonte Little, Monte T. Johnson and Cyheme Hall have been charged for robbery conspiracy and first-degree felony murder which prosecutors believe to be a hate crime motivated by the victim’s transgender status.The Washington Post reported that the men are also being charged with four other robberies that took place on the same day, July 4, including one which saw another trans woman robbed. Dodds was part of the transgender advocacy organisation Casa Ruby. Ruby Corado, the founder and executive director of the group said to Mic: “Deeniquia was part of the Casa Ruby family, and she is gone, but not forgotten. Her death will not be in vain.” Corado added, “Casa Ruby denounces the genocide of young trans women of colour. People in leadership need to address the employment barriers that keeps trans women of colour from accessing the resources they need to grow healthy and thrive.”

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