BTWI Statement Concerning The Bostick Murder

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May 8, 2017

Contact  Monica Roberts BTWI Media Chair

Carmarion D. Anderson  BTWI Founding National Director

855-255-8636 Ext 11

Black Transwomen, Inc is saddened to once again having to discuss losing another Black trans woman to anti trans violence in 2017.

The latest murder happened in New York, and her name is Brenda Bostick.

This 58 year old Bostick is the ninth Black trans woman who has been murdered in the last first five months of 2017, the tenth trans women in the US, and sadly the eldest person we have lost.

All ten trans women who have been murdered in the United States this year have been trans women of color.  Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow in South Dakota, the lone non-Black trans woman killed in 2017 so far was Native American  

Ms. Bostick was found unconscious and severely beaten outside of a Five Guys restaurant on Seventh Ave at 10:30 PM EDT on April 25..  She was taken to Bellevue Hospital Center when she succumbed to her injuries on May 4..   It is not known at this time if she regained consciousness while in the hospital, and an autopsy to discover the cause of death will be performed by the medical examiner soon.

The NYPD is investigating this case as a homicide, so if you have any information that will lead to the capture, prosecution and incarceration of the killers of Ms. Bostick, you are urged to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) .  

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