The bizarre murder of a transgender woman in Philadelphia has sparked a police investigation.
NBC 10 reports:
Police say 22-year-old Kiesha Jenkins, of North Philadelphia, was dropped off on the 1300 block of Wingohocking Street around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. As she got out of the vehicle she was approached by at least five men who began to attack and beat her, according to investigators. After Jenkins fell to the ground, one of the men pulled out a gun and fired two shots, police said.
Jenkins was struck twice in the back as the suspects fled the scene. She was taken to the hospital where she was later pronounced dead.
Despite what it may look like, police say it’s still too early to decide if the murder was a hate crime.
“Right now we don’t have any motive,” said Philadelphia Police Captain James Clark. “We don’t know if it’s potentially a hate crime or if it was a robbery. We really don’t know. It’s too early in the investigation to tell.”
Police spoke with Jenkins’ family and are searching for possible surveillance video. They are also trying to find the driver who dropped Jenkins off.
News of Jenkins’ death sparked a strong reaction on social media as posters showed their support for her and urged others to help find her killers by using the hashtag #SayHerName on Twitter and Facebook.
If you have any information on Jenkins’ death, please call Philadelphia Police at 215-686-3334.
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