Transgender woman dies after assault in Harlem: Police

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NBC New York – The death of a transgender woman who was assaulted by a group of men in Harlem Saturday night is being investigated as a possible hate crime, police say.

The 21-year-old woman, Islan Nettles, who also goes by Vaughn Nettles and Alon Nettles, was out with a friend, another transgender woman, when they met a group of men near 148th Street and Eighth Avenue, according to police.

The two groups began arguing, apparently after the men realized the victims were transgender, police said. One man made anti-gay remarks and a physical altercation ensued.

The victim was taken to the hospital with injuries, and died Thursday after spending several days on a ventilator, police said.

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