We now know the name of our fallen transsister in Los Angeles. She is 47 year old Aniya Parker., whose friends knew her as Asia.LAPD may not want to call it a hate crime, but when somebody throws a punch at the victim before they shoot them, and leaves the purse behind, it doesn't take a Cal Tech degree to suspect this is a hate crime
She is the eight transperson to die this year in the United States and the second in the Los Angeles area since June. And fitting the pattern of all the previous trans murders in the United States in 2014, she is a trans woman of color.
A candlelight vigil was held last night at the Melrose and N. Kenmore Ave corner where she was fatally shot.
The LAPD are still looking for the 2-4 Latino men suspected of being perpetrators of this crime. If you have any information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of these wastes of DNA, you can call them at 1-877-527-3247.
To all the folks who knew and loved Ariya, we are just as upset and outraged about the untimely loss of another one of our sisters, and hope justice happens expeditiously in this unfolding case.
And if you have a photo of her, please send it to me.