BREAKING: Man Arrested in Connection with the Murder of a Young Transgender Woman

Washington, D.C., United States — A man has been arrested and charged with the murder of Deeniquia “DeeDee” Dodds.

Victim: Dee Dee was robbed, fatally shot and left for dead / Erin Rook
Victim: Dee Dee was robbed, fatally shot and left for dead / Erin Rook

Last thursday Police arrested 22-year-old Shareem Hall, in connection with the shooting of Dee Dee Dodds.

Peter Newsham, Interim Police Chief, announced at a news conference that there is no indication that Hall and Dodds knew each other or that her killing was a hate crime.

“Whenever we lose a life in our city, we take it personally. We want folks to know that we are going to continue to work to make sure we hold people responsible for this kind of violence on our streets.” Newsham added.

Budd, a local LGBT activist, said: “We always expect that we are in harms way in terms of robbery, assaults and things, but murder? No.”

Dee Dee was shot on Division Avenue, North-East DC, and left for dead in the middle of the Street / NBC Washington (Screencap)
Dee Dee was shot on july 4th, and left for dead in the middle of the Street on Division Avenue, North-East DC  / NBC Washington (Screencap)

Lewis, Dee Dee’s guardian, said: “I feel so hurt, because I feel that they are human too, regardless of what their sexuality is. They’re human beings just like we are.”

Dee Dee is thought to be the 15th transgender person murdered in 2016. An estimated 20 transgender people have been killed in the United States so far this year. LGBTQNation reports.

Source: NBC Washington / LGBTQNation 

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