Police in Philadelphia are on the hunt for suspects in the death of Kiesha Jenkins, a 22-year-old transgender woman who was beaten and shot to death Tuesday morning. 
Police say Jenkins was beat up by 5 to 6 men, and then shot twice in the back. She was found in the Logan section of Philly and taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.
“Right now we don’t have any motive. We don’t know if it’s potentially a hate crime, if it was a robbery, we really don’t know; it’s too early in the investigation to tell,” Philadelphia Police Captain James Clark said.Nellie Fitzpatrick, the director of Philadelphia’s Office of LGBT Affairs, says the deaths of transgender people in Philly is a growing problem.

“It’s time to do more than just solve each homicide as they happen. It’s time to do more than just arrest these horrific people who commit these violent crimes. It’s time to do the work beforehand. To look left and look right and know we have to get stand up with and stand up for our transgender and gender nonconforming individuals,”  Fitzpatrick, said.

Police are trying to figure out why Jenkins was in the Logan area, and neighbors say that the park Jenkins was found in is known for prostitution. Police are now offering a $20,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest or conviction.

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  • Jo ‘Mama’ Besser

    When are we going to learn? Murder and more murder, for nothing.

  • ApMillz-CT

    R.I.P. young MAN.. This was a horrible, horrific tragedy.. But, lets call a spade a spade, that is a MAN not a WOMAN.

    • Kels99

      I really don’t understand why Black women are being told that we have to identify with and support the trans movement. It has absolutely nothing to do with us. Black women are always rushing to save Black men, even the ones in dresses. Black women are not “trans”, we are women. I’m tired my Black femininity being thrown in with their lot. What they’re doing is saying Black women and Black men are one in the same. That all one has to do is throw on a dress and a wig and he’s no different from a Black woman. Screw that! It’s insulting. Black women are WOMEN.

    • ApMillz-CT

      *Strong Fist in the Air* RIGHT ON!!!!!!!!

    • TT

      Have you ever spoken to a trans person? Probably no based on your comment. Just because you don’t understand transgendered individuals is no excuse for you to stay ignorant on the issue. Talk to trans people. Try to understand their point of view.

  • [email protected]

    This is a very tragic story. Murder is totally wrong. The murderers should be caught and brought to justice. I do find some of the most bigoted people around who hate others are some of the biggest hypocrites around. I hope that the criminals are punished.

  • Mico

    This is so sad. I don’t understand hatred. I hope her killers are brought to justice and may she rest peacefully. Thank you clutch for featuring this story. Even if you don’t agree that gender and sexuality are things that are set and not defined by society. Even if you don’t like black people or other people of color, those who are poor, those that are mentally or physically disabled or ill, the elderly, children, women, someone that practices a different religion than you, that does not give you the right to abuse or kill people. Just stay seeping in your own hatred of others and leave them alone.I don’t understand the mentality that says I have the right and duty to kill someone that is not harming me.

  • TT

    The ignorance still in the black community about transgendered individuals is so sad from reading these comments below. Instead of dismissing someone, how about actually talking to a transgendered individual to try to understand them instead of pretending your ignorance is bliss. This is why there so much violence against LGBTQ people. People are so obsessed with rigid boxes and only care about continuing their own ignorance. R.I.P to this young WOMAN.