Transgender woman shot dead in Georgia

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Troy TeeTee Dangerfield

Authorities in Georgia are investigating what led to a shooting that killed a 32-year-old transgender woman outside an apartment complex in College Park.

College Park police Maj. Lance Patterson told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that 32-year-old Troy “TeeTee” Dangerfield was shot in her car outside an apartment complex in College Park early Monday morning. She was found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds and taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where she later died.

“At this time we have no information that points to the shooting being the result of our victim being transgender,” Patterson said.

According to him, no suspects are in custody and the investigation is ongoing.

Dangerfield has now become the 16th transgender person to be killed in the United States this year, according to the Human Rights Campaign. In 2016, there were at least 22 transgender people killed, the most recorded by the organization.

 

The deadly shooting has sparked outrage from national advocacy group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

Valerie Charles, the Spokeswoman for the group said in a news release that:

“Although details are still unfolding, we cannot ignore that gun violence remains a threat to the lives of many marginalized Americans, including those who are transgender.

“My deepest condolences go out to TeeTee’s family and friends as they now must navigate the trauma and pain so many American families and communities regretfully know all too well.”

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