Philadelphia trans woman allegedly killed by man who reported the crime

Black trans women continue to be targeted

A Philadelphia man who received a police escort to help get a shooting victim to the hospital has now been charged with her murder.

Mia Green, 29, was shot Monday morning per NBC Philadelphia. She was being taken to a nearby hospital when police officers first discovered her. The 2016 Jeep Wrangler she was riding in had just run a stop sign, so when officers approached the vehicle, the driver, 28-year-old Abdullah Ibn Elamin Jaamia, told them he was rushing Green to the hospital because she’d been shot in the neck.

Police then escorted them to Penn-Presbyterian Hospital where she was pronounced dead. After police questioned Jaamia’s odd recounting of the events, he was charged with murder. It is believed the two were in a relationship.

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“She was very well-loved and respected and from all accounts from everyone in the community, she was an amazing, beautiful person,” said community activist Deja Lynn Alvarez. “We’re a family so when this happens to one of us, we all feel it in a very profound way.”

Thirty people who identify as transgender or gender non-conforming were murdered across the country this year. 91% of them were Black, according to Human Rights Campaign, an organization leading the fight for LGBTQ rights. The website says 81% of the victims were under 30 and 68% lived in the South.

“This is not America, this is not Philadelphia, the ‘city of brotherly love and sisterly affection,’ and this is not a city for our trans and loved ones. This is hell on earth. No one deserves to be put through hell because of who they are or who they love,” said Sen. Larry Farnese of Pennsylvania at a Thursday press conference in front of City Hall, as reported by NBC Philadelphia.

The senator is working on a state law that will ban “gay panic” as a defense for killing those in the LGBTQ community.

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He continued, “While we cannot legislate hate out of people’s hearts, we can use the law to prove that legislation finds it unacceptable.”

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