Trans woman shot to death in Buffalo

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Tonya Harvey, 35, was shot dead on Shepard Street in Buffalo, New York. She was trans but the question whether her identity was a motive for a crime remains open and the police investigate it. A spokeswoman for the Erie County District Attorney’s Office said police are concerned about the high murder rates in transgender community of the country and feel that such cases deserve special attention. Like many other trans victims, Harvey was originally misgendered in the police reports but later they admitted their mistake and corrected it. The victim, known as Kita to her friends, died at the scene, on a dead-end street just a few miles from the Canadian border. Local trans rights activist Ari Moore told Buffalo News: “The hatred, the bigotry and the aggressive attacks on trans people is almost an everyday occurrence in our lives.”

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