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.