Friday, June 17, 2011

Virginia Trans Attack Update 2

When I last reported on this story of the 32 year old trans woman in Fredericksburg, VA that was attacked May 21 by a mob outside a local 7-Eleven in that city, 18 year old Laqueta Webb had already been charged and the po-po's were chit chatting with her boyfriend, 19 year old Farkeem Omar French.

French has now been charged with malicious wounding by mob along with his girlfriend Webb.  He was released on bond while Webb is still being held in custody until she and French appear at their June 23 status hearing at the Fredericksburg General District Court.

In the meantime, the victim is getting support from the neighborhood and community organizations according to the Washington Blade and a statement initiated by the Richmond-based Virginia Anti-Violence Project condemning the attack.
“This attack on a member of the transgender community underscores the need for greater awareness of and advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) Virginians. Ignorance and anger cannot be permitted to negate any person’s human right to safety and security,” said Ashley Marshall, Chair of Virginia Anti-Violence Project’s Board of Directors.

The police are still looking for the third suspect in the attack

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